David Cotterill celebrated opening his Pompey account and told Ipswich: You paid the price for wasted chances.
Cotterill bagged his first goal for the Blues in their 2-0 win at Ipswich on Saturday.
The 23-year-old was again one of his side’s key performers as his fine form since arriving from Swansea continued.
He was delighted with the win after Pompey weathered a first-half onslaught from Ipswich.
And he believes the Tractor Boys have only themselves to blame after passing up countless opportunities.
Cotterill said: ‘It was pleasing to score. It was a great ball in from Nuge.
‘I didn’t have to break stride and all I had to do was lift the ball over the keeper because I knew he was going to ground.
‘It was nice to see it go in.
‘It’s a difficult place to go to, so it’s nice to get three points.
‘It’s probably one of the toughest places to go to in the league.
‘In the first half, it was backs to the wall.
‘We could have been two or three down.
‘We couldn’t have been any worse really but we came out a lot more confident in the second half.
‘I don’t think they really caused us too many problems after that.
‘They had to take their chances – they didn’t and we did.’
Plenty of play-off talk is building in the wake of Pompey’s fourth win on the bounce.
The Blues remain 10 points from the top six going into tomorrow’s meeting with Scunthorpe.
Cotterill admitted the turnaround has been stunning but isn’t getting too carried away.
He said: ‘It’s crazy how football turns around in a few games.
‘We’ve had a few results and we need to get a few more.
‘There’s a long way to go but if we keep digging in like we did against Palace and Ipswich we can do things.
‘We just need to keep winning and see where it takes us.’
Cotterill has also been manning the supply lines for Dave Kitson, with David Nugent operating down the left of a 4-3-3 cum 4-5-1 in recent games.
He has been encouraged by the understanding the trio are building up.
Cotterill said: ‘Kits has been playing well up front on his own.
‘Then there is Nuge coming in from the other side.
‘We’ve linked up quite well and hopefully we can keep that going.’