Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was irate with Darren Deadman after the referee booked eight players in the clash at Fratton Park.
However, the outspoken Tangerines manager was not blaming the official for his side’s 1-0 defeat.
Holloway said: ‘I am not blaming the referee for our defeat.
‘I just did not like his performance.
‘Tom Ince got a yellow card for diving when he should have awarded us a penalty.
‘I have never seen anything like that, it was a terrible, terrible decision.’
Holloway was pleased with the way his side kept possession, though.
But while he insisted Blackpool did not deserve to lose, he suggested the late woe had echoes of last season.
‘It was a shame to lose in such a way right at the death,’ said the former QPR boss.
‘We dominated the ball and possession in a way you do not expect of a team playing away from home.
‘Last year when we were in the Premier League we let in a lot of late goals so maybe this is a hangover.
‘But if anyone was going to win, I thought it was going to be us.
‘It’s a bitter one to take but that’s football.
‘I don’t mind losing so late and in such a way if the other team had deserved it but that was not the case here in my opinion.’