As far as first impressions go, Pompey served up one of their worst displays of the season in front of new boy Nyron Nosworthy.
But the central defender was heartened by some aspects of the Blues’ play in the disappointing 1-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon.
But I think we responded well to going behind early. We didn’t give up but lacked that creativity as a teamNyron Nosworthy
The recalled Ben Chorley’s own goal after six minutes decided Saturday’s fixture at a chilly Kingsmeadow.
Yet aside from an excellent Ross Worner stop from Matt Tubbs’ first-half header, Andy Awford’s men barely mustered a meaningful attack.
In contrast, Paul Jones pulled off several late saves to ensure it remained a close contest until the final whistle.
Nosworthy made his debut alongside fellow loanee Cole Kpekawa in four changes to the side which drew against Cheltenham in midweek.
And for the 34-year-old, it was an interesting first glimpse of his new team-mates in action.
He said: ‘I was disappointed in the performance and the result because there wasn’t a lot in the game. We had a lot of the ball but didn’t capitalise.
‘There were balls in the air coming backwards and forwards so you had to fight.
‘It was one of those where whoever gets that battle right probably wins the game.
‘But I think we responded well to going behind early.
‘We didn’t give up but lacked that creativity as a team.
‘The goal was sloppy. Everyone was concentrating thinking diagonally the ball was coming back in and not concentrating on what their guy was doing standing in the space between two men.
‘It was an own goal and could have been prevented twice really.
‘Ben has gone with his wrong foot and it has gone into the net.
‘Despite that, you could get the feel for the game and I thought we were comfortable.
‘We just needed to pass properly and quicker and I don’t think they would have been able to cope.
‘Even with the changes we still looked a threat but in the final third we just didn’t have that cutting edge.
‘Paul Jones has kept us in the game and prevented a score which would have been unfair.
‘At the end of the day we have a short space of time to correct those things, the games come thick and fast and we have to get it right for next time.’
It was Nosworthy’s first appearance since turning out for Blackpool in a 7-2 defeat at Watford in January. Saturday also represented only a second outing since before Christmas for the powerful defender who appeared for Sunderland in the Premier League.
And he felt he did ‘okay’ in his 72 minutes before being replaced by Craig Westcarr in a tactical change.
He added: ‘I felt I did okay. It wasn’t my best game and wasn’t my worst game but obviously there’s plenty of room to put it right. I was a bit rusty, I cannot lie.
‘But it was good to be out there and be able to compete, just doing the things you know and do it as well as you can to try to get into the swing of things.
‘I’m looking to do well here, play solid and see what happens.
‘I just need to get that match sharpness back.’