Pompey stretched their unbeaten run to four games with a 0-0 draw at York today.
It was the second successive goalless draw on the road for Andy Awford’s men.
But it felt that this was a game there for there taking against a side low on confidence after just a single win all season.
The likes of Danny Hollands, Craig Westcarr and Ryan Taylor had chances they couldn’t take.
Then Jed Wallace and Hollands had late chances to break the deadlock.
The bad news for Pompey early on was seeing Jack Whatmough limp off with an injury. He was replaced by Johnny Ertl.
Danny Hollands should have done better when well placed from a smart corner routine after 17 minutes, but he dragged his shot wide from 12 yards.
York were looking every inch a team with just a single win this season, with the home fans bemoaning their team’s lack of goal threat.
Craig Westcarr could’ve opened the scoring when he headed Michael Drennan’s cross over from five yards after 33 minutes.
Three minutes later York had penalty appeals turned down when Fletcher went down under the attentions of Johnny Ertl, but the ref waved play on.
The score remained goalless at the break - but it was clear this was a game Pompey could take all three points from.
The Blues had the first chance after the restart as James Dunne fired over the top from 18 yards after a corner.
Dunne was then nearly punished for losing the ball on the edge of the box, but Paul Jones saved well from Ryan Jarvis’ angled drive.
Lewis Montrose then headed over after 61 minutes as the home side gained a degree of momentum.
Nicky Shorey was a whisker away from giving Pompey the lead six minutes later with an excellent 25-yard free-kick, after Wallace was brought down following a fine solo run.
Jones had to save well from Jake Hyde and then Westcarr couldn’t get on the end of two crosses as the game became stretched.
Alex Wynter put Wallace clear with four minutes left but keeper Michael Ingham was equal to his low drive, and Hollands headed over from the resulting corner.
York’s Ryan Brunt headed wide with the goal at his mercy at the death and there was still time for Jones to keep out Hyde’s 25 yarder.
That was the last action of a game which left Pompey with mixed feelings at its outcome.