Paul Cook is adamant Pompey were denied a match-changing penalty against Notts County.
And the Blues boss feels his side have now had a string of decisions go against them in their bid for promotion.
But Cook was keen not to attribute blame to match officials – despite spot-kicks not being given to his side against the Magpies.
Kyle Bennett was clearly brought down by Notts County’s Stanley Aborah in the second half of Saturday’s 2-1 loss.
And there was a shout for a penalty as sub Ben Tollitt went to ground late on.
Cook was certain the first appeal was a good one, as referee Andy Haines waved the claims away.
The Scouser underlined he’s not looking for excuses for a first league away loss of the season, though.
Cook said: ‘We have so many penalty appeals regularly turned down.
‘I’m going to end up sounding like Jose Mourinho! I haven’t got his money to pay the fines, though, so I won’t get involved in it.
‘We didn’t get the decision so we have to move on.
‘Kyle’s looked a stonewall penalty.
‘The referee didn’t want to give any decisions like that.
‘There’s either contact and it’s a penalty or no contact and it’s a dive and a yellow card.
‘The referee didn’t give Kyle a yellow card.
‘It’s a difficult job for refs, though, and we don’t look for excuses.
‘It didn’t happen, and that’s the way it is.’
Gareth Evans made his return to the starting XI after a three-match ban for his red card against Cambridge.
He saw a fine first-half chance go begging after being put clear by Adam McGurk.
Cook feels that was typical of the kinds of opportunities which went begging – and need to be taken by his players.
Cook said: ‘We’ve got in good areas to score.
‘Gareth Evans should go around the keeper.
‘He’s on the floor - so go around him.’
Despite the loss, Cook took solace from plenty of other elements of Pompey’s performance.
Adam McGurk impressed after a stint on the sidelines with injury.
Ben Tollitt also looked comfortable after being given his first taste of league action for the Blues.
And Caolan Lavery looked a threat – and was rewarded with his first goal in Pompey colours following his loan arrival from Sheffield Wednesday.
Cook said: ‘I thought Adam McGurk did well in certain aspects and we’re pleased Caolan Lavery got his goal. Ben Tollitt gives us energy and gets in dangerous areas.’
– JORDAN CROSS