Floored Andy Awford promised Pompey fans: We’ll get it right on the road.
The Blues boss was left devastated by his side’s 2-1 defeat at high-flying Shrewsbury on Saturday.
Connor Goldson’s fortuitous 72nd-minute goal made the difference, as his cross flew straight in.
That unfortunate moment stretched Pompey’s poor record away from home this season – they have also scored the fewest away goals in the division.
But there was much to be encouraged about in this display – and Awford knew that.
He said: ‘We deserved something. The club deserved a result for the team’s performance. The away record is awful and away results have been awful.
‘But I wouldn’t include that performance in that.
‘It wasn’t like Southend or Bury, when we didn’t deliver.
‘There was grit and determination but against Oxford we saw it out to a result.
‘Saturday we didn’t and that is a bit harsh.
‘It’s totally different to the anger I’ve had at times. I take heart from that.’
The result maintains Shrewsbury’s unbeaten home record but Awford believes his team gave Micky Mellon’s side their toughest test.
He feels the cutting edge is still a problem but reckons the result maintains impetus.
Awford said: ‘We need to be clinical but we’ll get enough goals to win games.
‘We gave a top team in this league, with a good budget and manager, a game.
‘We’ve given them a right good go.’
– JORDAN CROSS