Decisions have not been going Pompey’s way.
That’s the opinion of Blues boss Paul Cook after he experienced a double dose of penalty pain in the 2-2 draw at Carlisle United on Saturday.
The visitors dominated throughout the Brunton Park contest yet saw their search for a League Two victory extend to five matches following Danny Grainger’s heartbreaking stoppage-time thunderbolt for the hosts.
It was his first-half opener from the penalty spot that incensed Cook, though.
The boss felt Christian Burgess’ clumsy tackle was made outside the area.
And it was a decision compounded by referee Scott Duncan’s refusal to award the Blues a penalty of their own in the second half when Ben Davies appeared to be felled inside the box – only to be awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area.
Referees have a job to do but unfortunately things went against us on Saturday – that is something we have to live withPompey manager Paul Cook
Cook said: ‘Referees have a job to do but unfortunately things went against us on Saturday – that is something we have to live with.
‘It (Carlisle’s spot-kick) was not a penalty.
‘We have hindsight to see their penalty and it is not a penalty – it is outside the box.
‘The disappointing thing is when there is another 50-50 decision in the second half, we don’t get it.
‘The referee could have made it up then.’
Cook, though, insists it is a matter of time before the Blues’ luck changes.
And the Pompey manager has told his team to stick to their attacking principles.
He added: ‘We have been questioning the referees a bit lately for decisions and they are not going our way at the minute.
‘But I am sure if we keep working our way into those areas they will go our way – that’s football.’