Ipswich boss Paul Jewell was pleased with his side’s performance despite the 2-0 defeat to Pompey.
The Tractor Boys paid a hevay price for failing to convert their first-half dominance into goals.
And Jewell admitted his side only had themselves to blame.
However, he reserved praise for the style of football Ipswich produced, suggesting it bodes well for the future at Portman Road.
Jewell said: ‘If it was a boxing match they would have called it off at half-time but it’s all about sticking the ball in the back of the net.
‘We created lots of very good chances and when you don’t score you start to wonder if it’s going to be one of those days.
‘You can blame luck but you’ve got to create your own luck.
‘I have to say, though, credit to the players because some of the football we played was excellent and that gives me great heart for the future.
‘We passed the ball with real purpose and they couldn’t get near us.
‘The worst result we should have got was 0-0.
‘Some of the football we played was a joy to watch and, if we’d got one, it might have been any score.
‘But you’ve to take your chances.
‘If you’ve got someone on the ropes and they take a wild right hook to knock you out, you lose the match.
‘We’re making progress but we’ve still got a long way to go to get to where we want to be.
‘We need to be more mentally ruthless.
‘When things don’t go well, rather than taking a step back we’ve got to take a step forward.’