Adam May scored with the last kick of the game as Pompey Academy salvaged a 1-1 draw from their Youth Alliance under-18 south west season opener at Bristol Rovers.
For onlooking youth-team coach Mikey Harris, though, it was a Blues performance that fell below the standards set by the ambitious group.
The youngsters showed admirable character to play to the final whistle and snatch a share of the spoils.
But youth-team coach Harris was left wanting more from his players – an honest appraisal shared by all within the camp.
Harris said: ‘We have got to give the lads a bit of credit for keeping going.
‘However, it really isn’t about the result for us.
‘It is more about performance and the levels, standards and expectations that we have of the group.
‘They didn’t reach those expectations and standards today.
‘I am pleased that we kept going. However, the standards that we set for ourselves – and the lads do aswell – were not quite there.
‘The boys know that, they are an honest group and we will now return to the training ground and work hard to put things right.’
Harris’ side should have led at the break, only for Liam Sayers to squander a golden opportunity.
And Pompey were made to pay for missed chances after the interval when they fell behind to a fine volleyed effort from the hosts.
Midfielder May, though, who turned professional last weekend, popped up at the death to claim a share of the spoils.
POMPEY ACADEMY: Bass; Widdrington, Saidy, Yates, Davies, Oxlade-Chamberlain, May, Joseph-Buadi (Bedford, 55), Scutt (McDowell, 65), Sayers, Bradbury (Woodward, 65)