It was the most tortuous Pompey viewing in recent times.
But Patrick Agyemang believes the York debacle can be the turning point in his team’s season.
Two wins on the bounce since the 4-2 defeat at Bootham Crescent suggest that has certainly been the case.
And Agyemang reckons the memory of that low is firing his team forward now.
He said: ‘We’ve taken the negativity away from it. But we want to remember that is the game.
‘We don’t want to have another game like it.
‘The way we are going now I don’t think it will go back to that.
‘We’ve had two wins now. I just think we can push on.
‘We are creating and we can get more goals and the confidence can grow.
‘We’ll remember. If we go on to achieve things we can say the York game is when we turned everything around.’
Agyemang himself felt his performance in the York encounter was of a low level.
He has impressed since, though – particularly changing the game when coming off the bench against Oxford in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.
Now the aim is to make the most of his over-flowing confidence as his team go to Plymouth tomorrow.
He said: ‘I felt like I let myself down at York and the whole team felt the same.
‘Things didn’t need to be said but we all knew it wasn’t good enough.
‘It wasn’t good enough from me.
‘If teams know I’m not playing well it will go through the whole team.
‘But things have improved a lot now.
‘Saturday’s a big game on TV.
‘We’re looking to bounce again and get another victory.’