It was the penalty decision which surprised even the Bury players.
And Guy Whittingham was at a loss to explain the thinking behind the controversial second-half spot-kick which clinched the hosts’ 2-0 victory on Saturday.
There didn’t appear to be a problem when Carl Dickinson produced a well-time slide challenge to dispossess Dominic Poleon inside the Blues box in the 56th minute.
Yet the linesman alerted referee Craig Pawson and indicated it was a foul.
Dickinson was also booked for the tackle, to add to the bewilderment among Pompey’s players at the penalty decision.
Steven Schumacher stepped up to confidently finish for the Shakers to double their advantage.
Earlier, Adam Lockwood netted in the 19th minute to give Kevin Blackwell’s side the lead.
And after watching replays of the penalty incident after the match, Whittingham was still stinging at that highly-debatable decision.
He said: ‘The linesman has given it and there is nothing you can do.
‘The fact is it’s a penalty and all the screaming and shouting you do doesn’t make any difference.
‘But I hope referees look back at all major incidents in games – because we do.
‘We are professional, we look at that, we’ll look at the first goal, we’ll criticise ourselves for losing concentration on the edge of the box and maybe Muzzy (Dumbuya) should have stayed on the post.
‘We will look at all of those things and try to put it right.
‘What was it (the penalty) given for? I don’t know.
‘Dicko recovered well, the lad has actually knocked the ball more into him.
‘It will be interesting to see the reason for the penalty – and to make things worse Dicko got booked as well.
‘I actually didn’t think we were nasty enough but got five bookings, which is unbelievable for a game in which there wasn’t a horrible tackle in the whole thing.
‘Sometimes it does make you wonder what some of these people see.’
Inevitably, at the final whistle, Andy Awford shook hands with the match officials, before saying a few choice words to the linesman concerned.
Whittingham smiled and added: ‘Obviously, Awfs was not happy with the decision and said his bit.’
– NEIL ALLEN