Tom Craddock put a ‘nightmare’ start to his Pompey career behind him but admitted: It wasn’t enjoyable being part of that.
Craddock made his first start since August 6 in last night’s weak 3-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit at the hands of Newport County.
The former Oxford man put a succession of niggles behind him to get around an hour under his belt at Rodney Parade.
But it didn’t make for pleasurable viewing as his side exited the competition.
Craddock said: ‘I wasn’t expecting to start, so it was at least pleasing to get around an hour in.
‘It’s been a hard start for me, so I have put the work in to get my fitness up and build momentum.
‘It’s been horrible, it’s been a nightmare.
‘It is good to be back out there again.
‘But it’s not great being part of that performance and wasn’t enjoyable.
‘It was a sombre dressing room afterwards.
‘Before the game we spoke about not giving anything away in the first 15 to 20 minutes.
‘But we’ve made mistakes and it’s an uphill battle.’
Craddock feels the team must learn from the errors.
He said: ‘What we have to do is react to this in the best possible way.
‘We have to learn from this.
‘If we cut out mistakes then I think we will be winning games again.’
n Other results: Johnstone’s Paint Trophy - Northern Section quarter-finals; Hartlepool 1 Rotherham 2, Chesterfield 3 Rochdale 0, Oldham 5 Notts County 1. Southern Section quarter-finals; Peterborough 1 Dag & Red 0, Stevenage 3 Leyton Orient 2, Swindon 2 Wycombe 1.