Andy Awford admitted dreadful Pompey didn’t deserve anything from today’s Home Park visit.
The Blues’ appalling away record once more reared its head with a 3-0 defeat to a dominant Plymouth.
Reuben Reid scored twice and Lewis Alessandra got the other as the Pilgrims raced into a 3-0 lead after half an hour.
The host also struck the bar twice in the second half as Awford’s men clung on to avoid a complete hammering.
And Awford was left to rue the on-going headache for his underachieving side.
He said: ‘There is contact for the penalty. I’ve asked Nicky Shorey, soft as it is, and there is no intent to foul him – although there is contact and he has gone over quite easily.
‘But after that we haven’t defended well enough for a spell in the first half. All credit to Plymouth they punished us.
‘It is not unusual for us to be like that away from home and that’s the disappointing thing for me.
‘The home form is promotion form and, obviously, the away form is relegation form – it’s not the first time it has happened.
‘It’s very disappointing. I think I have come through it a little bit.
‘The last away performance at Shrewsbury was a lot more solid and arguably deserved something out of the game.
‘But today we didn’t deserve anything because of the way we defended in the first half.’