Alex Wynter relived his golden chance against Burton Albion and admitted he ‘should have buried it’.
But the Pompey defender promised he would take the next gilt-edged opportunity which comes his way after yesterday’s 2-0 loss at the Pirelli Stadium.
The 20-year-old was at the heart of a key moment against the high-flying Brewers.
Wynter couldn’t finish Johnny Ertl’s cross in the second half and then failed to fire the ball home at the second attempt.
It summed up Pompey’s afternoon as they racked up more chances than the home side.
They couldn’t make that count, though, with few of those opportunities being clear-cut efforts.
Wynter felt he should have done better with his effort and shouldn’t have given Burton keeper Jon McLaughlin the chance to make saves.
He said: ‘I should’ve scored. It fell to me and I should have buried it.
‘The first one I should have done better with but the second one I wasn’t quite expecting to drop to me and it got stuck under my feet.
‘I hit the first one quite well and the second one has got stuck under my feet.
‘Maybe I should have just tried to toe-poke it instead of being too smart and side-footing it.
‘It was a mistake but these are the things you have to go through as a player.
‘Once you are in that situation you have to keep a cool head.
‘I didn’t do that this time but on another day I will.’
Pompey shot themselves in the foot in the Sky Sports-televised clash as they fell behind after just 85 seconds.
The Blues defence failed to deal with striker Stuart Beavon in the box.
That allowed the Brewers forward time to fire across goal for Adam McGurk to tap in.
Both Wynter and Ertl were slow to react to the danger, which was a source of frustration to boss Andy Awford.
Wynter admitted the back line had to do better and be more alive to the threat posed.
The Crystal Palace loanee knows those kind of mistakes have to be eradicated.
Wynter said: ‘They’ve had two chances and scored both of them, so we’ve only got ourselves to blame.
‘If you give them a head start like that then you are making it hard for yourself.
‘That was the difference in the game.
‘At the crucial moments they were there to block it and we didn’t.
‘They are little mistakes that we have to learn from if we are to improve.
‘Giving away a goal like that was poor from us.
‘It was pulled back to the centre forward. He’s had a shot but he shanked it but that sort of allowed it go to their other forward.
‘The striker has got in between us and that shouldn’t happen.
‘It’s a mistake and one we have to look at and sort out to ensure it never happens again.
‘We have to be ready from the kick-off in games.
‘If we are going to do that, it’s going to be a long, hard season.
‘We have to go again now and keep our heads up.’