STEVE COTTERILL admitted it was a cruel blow after seeing Pompey snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Cotterill saw his men lead up until the 87th minute, only for two late goals to send Pompey to defeat.
The Blues boss said: 'It's a cruel game. You've got to take it on the chin and keep coming forward.
'If we had a bit of experience on the bench, it would have helped a lot. We wouldn't have lost that game.
'John Utaka tweaked a hamstring, Kanu was on his last legs and we only had Tom Kilbey to bring on.
'It just showed where we are lacking again.
'We defended well for 87 minutes, but it's so hard to take.
'We just have to get on with it and keep fighting.'