Allan believes Blues deserved more

Scott Allan fights off the attention of Leeds defender Darren O'Dea
Scott Allan fights off the attention of Leeds defender Darren O'Dea
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Scott Allan reflected on his Pompey bow and insisted: We deserved more than a point.

The Blues had to settle for a goalless draw against Leeds on Saturday.

It was a scoreline which resulted in Michael Appleton’s team sliding to second from bottom of the Championship table.

Pompey fans can feel every justification for being hard done-by, however.

Referee Phil Gibb’s failure to spot Tom Lees’ blatant handball in first-half stoppage time proved crucial.

Like the vast, vast majority of people inside Fratton Park, Allan believed it was a cast-iron penalty.

Later on, the Blues had a goal ruled out after Greg Halford’s long throw was adjudged not to have touched anyone as it entered the net.

As it was, Pompey went on to grab a point, making it only one goal scored in their past five matches.

But Allan, who arrived at the club on loan from West Bromwich Albion on Friday, believes the team warranted more than a draw from the fixture.

He said: ‘I felt we deserved more from the game.

‘There were chances in the first half we just missed and the second half as well, with free-kicks, the throw in and the penalty claim.

‘Another day you take those chances, but we must now look to the next game and hopefully get the breaks.

‘To me it was quite obvious that was a penalty. But I don’t make the decisions unfortunately.

‘I could see it. There was a big hand in there to be honest. I think we all saw it.

‘Hopefully, it evens itself up in the run in.’

For Allan, Saturday represented a first start since October 15.

On that occasion, the 20-year-old lined up for Dundee United in a 3-1 defeat against Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.

In January, he moved to West Brom and is highly regarded by Appleton.

The attacking midfielder certainly made an instant impact on the Fratton faithful, earning a standing ovation when he was substituted in the 76th minute against Leeds.

It was recognition of an impressive introduction to the club as he starts a one-month loan move.

Playing just behind Marko Futacs in the role previously occupied by the now departed Erik Huseklepp, he was bright and lively throughout.

And he enjoyed his first taste of being a Pompey player.

He added: ‘I thought I did okay, although I am still trying to get my match sharpness. Hopefully I can build on it.

‘My game is all about bringing a bit of creativity.

‘Hopefully I can introduce that to the team – but get more shots away than I did on Saturday.

‘I like the position I was in against Leeds.

‘If you can turn you are at the defence straight away and I enjoy that. Mind you, I am happy to play anywhere across midfield.’