We deserved a draw but decisions cost us

120852-0035_BRIGHTON_POMPEY_SR_10/3/12'Action from Brighton vs Pompey at the Amex Stadium.'Jamie Ashdown is beaten by Vicente Rodriguez's free kick.''Picture: Steve Reid (120852-0035)
120852-0035_BRIGHTON_POMPEY_SR_10/3/12'Action from Brighton vs Pompey at the Amex Stadium.'Jamie Ashdown is beaten by Vicente Rodriguez's free kick.''Picture: Steve Reid (120852-0035)
Pompey midfielder Danny Rose. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Greg Halford was left fuming after Pompey fell foul of more refereeing controversy.

Michael Appleton’s men have, in recent weeks, suffered at the hands of several contentious decisions during their bid to remain in the Championship.

Saturday’s trip to Brighton was no different, with a hotly-disputed free-kick which led to the hosts’ 75th minute opener.

David Norris was adjudged to have fouled Vicente just outside the area – and the Spaniard stepped up to net with the free-kick.

The Seagulls’ substitute sealed victory in stoppage-time, although Kazenga Lualua appeared to handle in the build-up.

Premier League official Mike Dean took charge of the Amex Stadium fixture.

But Halford questioned the referee’s decisions following another cruel blow to their survival hopes.

He said: ‘We’ve ended up with nothing again, that’s the way it seems to be going at the minute.

‘If we had come off the pitch with a 0-0 result we would have said that was fair – and I think they would say that was fair as well.

‘But decisions going against us has again cost us.

‘The referee gave one in the first half, on half-time, which wasn’t a foul and the one we conceded from was nowhere near a foul either.

‘I don’t know what he has seen – I have got to be careful what I say, though.

‘I was right in line with it, about 10 yards away, Chuck (Norris) has won the ball and his back is against the referee.

‘The referee couldn’t see anything. It was harsh.

‘Chuck has had one in the second half down the side of the box where we should have had a free-kick and he (Dean) has just waved play on. I could go through it all day.

‘It’s just the way it seems to be going at the minute. It is hard to take, especially with everything that is going on.

‘We need a bit of luck somewhere and we don’t seem to be getting it anywhere.

‘We have still got to stay strong, though, even if the decisions go against us.’

Pompey’s preparations were thrown into disarray before kick-off when it emerged Stephen Henderson would be leaving for West Ham.

He will follow Erik Huseklepp and Liam Lawrence out of the club on loan for the rest of the campaign today.

Hayden Mullins is this week expected to follow suit with a switch to Reading.

And Halford admitted the player exits were having an impact on those left behind.

He added: ‘Once you step over those white lines you do tend to forget about everything – but in your subconscious it will always be there.

‘You go day-to-day and it gets harder and harder. It is hard to forget everything.

‘But we just have to deal with it and get on with it.

‘I’m actually probably the one player that hasn’t got any sniffs of interest!

‘At the minute I don’t mind, I am happy fighting here and will continue to fight until I am told otherwise.’