Pompey’s hopes of building on their impressive display at Chesterfield were dashed as they were held to a drab 0-0 draw with Cheltenham at Fratton Park.
While it was a second goalless draw in succession, this one was far more disappointing as Pompey failed to fire on their own turf.
In fact, they failed to seriously test the Robins goalkeeper throughout the 90 minutes and only a stoppage-time goalmouth scramble with Wes Fogden’s shot being hacked off the line looked like finding a way through the resolute Cheltenham defence.
Although it is a point to add on to the tally towards survival, it felt like a missed opportunity for Pompey to fire themselves up the table and the first half in particular was a very disappointing display from Richie Barker’s side.
But with Cheltenham the better team in the opening 45 minutes, striking a post with a cracking Ashley Vincent shot from 25 yards, it might have been worse than a 0-0 draw for the Blues.
While some will point to the continued defensive improvement, the lack of attacking flair was there to see once again, which was a shame considering a crowd of 17,254 turned up to see it.