Huseklepp: I wish I had scored another for great fans

120497-091_BLACKPOOL_POMPEY_SR_11/2/12'Action from Blackpool vs Pompey at Bloomfield Road.'Erik Huseklepp celebrates his goal on the stroke of half-time at Bloomfield Road tonight.''Picture:Steve Reid (120497-091)
120497-091_BLACKPOOL_POMPEY_SR_11/2/12'Action from Blackpool vs Pompey at Bloomfield Road.'Erik Huseklepp celebrates his goal on the stroke of half-time at Bloomfield Road tonight.''Picture:Steve Reid (120497-091)
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Erik Huseklepp was left cursing his finishing after Pompey picked up a point at Blackpool.

The Norwegian gave Michael Appleton’s men the lead on the stroke of half time with a close-range finish.

It was his sixth goal of the season, establishing him as the Blues’ leading scorer.

Yet the 27-year-old could have had more, missing two one-on-one opportunities during the match.

Regardless, it was another impressive display from Appleton’s men who continue to shrug off the financial crisis – particularly against a team who have yet to lose a match in 2012.

Yet Huseklepp couldn’t hide his disappointment at not adding to his first goal at Bloomfield Road.

He said: ‘Maybe we should have got a little bit more out of it.

‘We had the best chances. They had some dangerous shots and there was that free-kick, but I think in the end we had the better of the chances.

‘When the score was 1-0 I should have had another one, but didn’t get the ball into the back of the net.

‘It could have been us 2-0 up before they scored.

‘I felt I should have one more.

‘There was a moment in the second half when I ran with the ball with pace and it was a good chance. I should have scored.

‘I am a little bit disappointed I didn’t score another one because I had the chances but now it’s a game tomorrow and I will have to try to score there instead.

‘But a point was still good. We were very good defensively – they didn’t create much.

‘It was a fantastic team performance and we were closer to a win than to a loss.

‘We had the chances to win but sometimes these things happen.’

At the final whistle, Huseklepp was one of seven players who threw their shirts into the away supporters.

In addition, Stephen Henderson hurled his gloves into the packed visiting section.

It was a touching gesture from the players and recognition of the tremendous backing they had received from fans throughout the match.

And Huseklepp was full of admiration for the club’s followers once again.

The Norway forward added: ‘They are fantastic supporters.

‘I don’t know how many there were but I heard them.

‘I didn’t hear the other people in the stadium.

‘When there are so many here, I want to celebrate with them so when I scored I went over.

‘At the end, us throwing the shirts into the crowd was a nice gesture, a lot of the players did it and I think it was good.

‘We hadn’t talked about it but it was the least we can do, they show us so much support in difficult times.

‘They were brilliant.’