Andy Awford reflected on Pompey’s 2-2 draw with Aldershot in the FA Cup first round and admitted ‘it had everything.’
The Blues led from the spot early on when Jed Wallace fired home from 12 yards after Craig Westcarr had been upended in the box.
But to their credit, the Conference Premier side fought back to equalise on the stroke of half-time through Jordan Roberts.
And a famous upset appeared on the cards when Mark Molesley netted in front of 2,446 travelling Shots fans.
But Awford’s League Two side fought back in front of a crowd of 11,095 to equalise through Danny Hollands’ header before holding out for a replay after Paul Robinson had been sent off late in the game.
The Blues boss said: ‘It had everything - a penalty, a sending off, four goals and lots of chances at both ends - it was a good cup tie.
‘The disappointing thing for me, though, was that we dominated the opening spell of the game and not put Aldershot to the sword.
‘When you have those spells in the game you have to make sure you do that.
‘We’ve missed two fantastic chances (Wallace and Westcarr) to kill the game.’