Dave Kitson told his Pompey team-mates: I should have won it for you.
Kitson has apologised to the rest of the Blues squad for his last-ditch miss which could have given his team all three points at Selhurst Park last night.
The striker headed over from just a few yards out in stoppage time, as his team picked up a 0-0 draw against the Championship’s surprise package.
Kitson knew he should have done better from Erik Huseklepp’s cross, and he put his hands up in the dressing room after the game.
Pompey skipper Liam Lawrence was pleased with the much improved display after the first-half collapse at Derby on Saturday.
He knew it so nearly was three points instead of one, though, at the death.
Lawrence said: ‘We could have nicked it.
‘But with them being third in the league, you would probably be happy to come here and get a point before the game.
‘We were the better team and should have won it.
‘We always create chances. Sometimes we don’t take them, though.
‘We came a gnat’s hair away from Kits putting it in the top corner. It’s just one of those things at the minute. We need to take those chances.
‘He’s frustrated and told us he should have buried it.
‘But we’ll keep plugging away. If we play like we did there we’ll be fine. It’s positive. We had to put Saturday to bed because it was shocker.’
Jason Pearce was alongside Kitson in the Palace box as Pompey threw bodies forward at the finale in search of a winner.
He thought the ball had ended up in the back of the net instead of flying just over the top.
Pearce himself hit the post in the first half with a looping header from Lawrence’s free-kick.
The defender was pleased with the resilience of Pompey’s display after the Derby defeat, though.
The 23-year-old had called for the team to show grit on the road after losing five on the bounce on their travels.
And that’s exactly what the Blues delivered against a team flying high in the table.
Pearce said: ‘It was a much better performance. We were unlucky on a few occasions.
‘I thought the header was going in – with a bit of luck it would have done.
‘We had a few more chances as well where we could have nicked it.
‘We spoke about the away form not being good enough.
‘It was resilient performance.
‘I thought it was in at the end from Dave.
‘I was up there as well and thought that was it. Unfortunately, it went over.
‘They were third in the league, though, so we’re pleased with the point.
‘Hopefully, we can build on that now.’