It was a familiar story for Pompey as Andy Awford was left to bemoan poor defending in their 2-1 defeat to Southend tonight.
The Blues appeared to be heading for victory against the 10-man Shrimpers with 16 minutes to play in the first match since Guy Whittingham was sacked.
But two goals in five minutes from the high-flying visitors condemned Pompey to a fifth successive defeat.
And, once again, defensive frailties proved to be decisive.
Caretaker boss Awford said: ‘We should have been out of sight before they came back.
‘I have just said to our players you only win football matches and go up the table if you don’t concede goals.
‘We keep shipping goals and for three to five minutes we switched off tonight and it cost us points.
‘I would have been a hypocrite if I had not played Jack (Whatmough).
‘I have been on at Guy for five or six weeks to play him. I think he is ready.
‘I picked the strongest XI I felt I could for Portsmouth Football Club and he was in that XI.’