Paul Cook is adamant Pompey deserved to begin their League Two campaign with victory.
The Blues were this afternoon held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Carlisle at Fratton Park.
The visitors had the lead through Reggie Lambe when Jamie Devitt was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 28th minute.
Carl Baker levelled shortly before the break to set up a one-sided second-half as Cook’s men attempted to find a way through for the winner.
However, despite 22 shots including Danny Rose striking the post, the match frustratingly finished in a draw.
And Cook felt the hosts deserved so much more.
He said: ‘If the result was a positive one I would be really pleased.
‘The game took a twist obviously with the sending off but the game was panning out the way it was going to pan out early on.
‘They scored a goal completely against the run of play and it was a well-worked goal, so great credit to Carlisle for that.
‘Then it was a case of whether we were going to convert one of the chances coming in the second-half, they were coming quite really.
‘You have to put one of them away and unfortunately we never, but last year when we were drawing at home to Yeovil and teams like that we were stale – today we weren’t.
‘We have created enough chances to win a game of football.’