Adam May left the ground with the man-of-the-match award under his arm having helped inspire Pompey to victory against a talented young Arsenal team.
The main objectives of impressing manager Kenny Jackett and helping to ensure progress in the Checkatrade Trophy had been achieved with the 2-1 success at Fratton Park.
However, his quest for a first Pompey goal continues.
May netted three times for Aldershot during his loan spell there.
On his return to Fratton Park he twice saw good shots from outside the area crash back off the woodwork against Arsenal under-21s.
He struck a low shot against the foot of the post in the first half.
Then in the second half he controlled a ball out of the air on his chest and saw his left-foot strike flicked onto the crossbar by Arsenal keeper Deyan Iliev.
The midfielder, who impressed throughout the game, couldn’t have been any closer to netting his maiden Blues strike.
He said: ‘It just seems to be my luck at the moment, I can’t seem to get a goal for Portsmouth.
‘It’s just typical, on another day they probably both go in.
‘It would have been nice to have scored but the main aim was to put in a professional performance and the boys finished it off nicely and we won.
‘This was just was one of those things.
‘For the first one I found myself in a good position, struck it low and hard and it has bounced back off the post.
‘On another day it might go in off the post.
‘The second half one was a bit more frustrating.
‘I’ve done well to bring it out of the sky and managed to get a nice strike off but it was a great save from the keeper.
‘On another day it could have been two goals. But no, we’re just happy we got the win.’
Pompey will find out on Saturday who they face in the last 16 of the competition.
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