Andy Awford admitted he was frustrated that Pompey had been unable to make their numerical advantage count as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Accrington.
The home side were reduced to 10 men eight minutes into the second half, when Anthony Barry was shown a straight-red card for a challenge on Danny Hollands.
But Pompey failed to find a winner and didn’t really manage to create too many chances, with Stanley happy to hold on for point.
Awford said: ‘We’re frustrated as we haven’t done enough to win the game.
‘We didn’t want it to be as open as that first half – nowhere near.
‘I thought we were lucky to go in at the break level as Accrington were the better side in the first half.
‘We looked a yard short all over the pitch but I can’t criticise the lads as we have been on a superb run.
‘The second half was a lot better.
‘A lot of effort has gone into the game but we need some recovery time and will be ready to go again on Saturday.’
We looked a yard short all over the pitch but I can’t criticise the lads as we have been on a superb run.Andy Awford