Guy Whittingham felt his Pompey troops deserved to beat Doncaster - despite seeing his side slipping to a sixth straight loss.
The Blues were much improved on Whittingham’s first game in caretaker charge - the 2-0 loss at Bury last week - but were still unable to break their hoodoo in front of goal as they drew a blank for the fifth game in a row.
Lubomir Michalik and Izale McLeod had Pompey’s best chances as teh centre-back’s header came crashing back off the angle of post and crossbar, while Pompey’s top goalscorer ballooned a one-one-one chance over the crossbar with only the keeper to beat.
Whittingham said: ‘I thought we deserved three points - most definitely.
‘They did what I asked them to do, we put plenty of balls in the box and we had plenty of efforts on goal but it wasn’t our day for finishing.
‘Overall, I was pleased with the effort from everyone.
‘You do begin to wonder if it will be your time in front of goal as the game goes on and things don’t quite go for you.
‘Izale has finished those quite well this season. When he was through one on one with the goalkeeper, we all expected him to score.
‘It was disappointing that he didn’t but he’s a big enough guy to accept that he should have done better.’
Whittingham was also pleased with debutants Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Paul Benson.
The Blues boss said: ‘I thought the two new lads did very well.
‘Paul won his fair share of headers and I was very pleased with Nathaniel - he was getting people on their feet when he got the ball.’