Ben Davies lifted the lifted on Paul Cook’s post-match dressing down of Pompey.
The defender told how Cook ripped into his men despite beating Macclesfield in the FA Cup on Saturday.
The gaffer has torn a strip off us.Ben Davies
Cook is seething that what he works on all week in training with his players isn’t being executed in games.
That was seen in the 2-1 first-round victory with the Blues edging possession against the Silkmen, seeing 51 per cent of the ball across the 90 minutes.
Pompey have generally dominated their opponents in that area this season.
Davies knows there were no excuses for being lacklustre on that front – and Cook made that abundantly clear to the Blues after the game
He said: ‘The gaffer has torn a strip off us. He’s disappointed.
‘We were sloppy and it wasn’t good enough.
‘We gave the ball away which is not like us. We were sloppy all of us.
‘We have not played well and we’ve won.
‘The goal hurt us and it was a freak goal. That’s how it happens.
‘We have had a couple of chances. We have to be ruthless.
‘There are no excuses. It was frustrating for all of us.
‘We have a good squad but we weren’t at it.’
Davies’ frustration was compounded by Pompey getting the early goal they have been struggling to find at home for much of the season.
That gave them a foothold with Macclesfield looking shaky early on.
But the mistake from Brian Murphy, as he cannoned a clearance off Kristian Dennis for the leveller, allowed the Silkmen to grow in confidence.
Davies said: ‘We got the early goal which we’ve been craving
‘But then the sloppy goal comes and that hurt us.’
Pompey’s philosophy under Cook has been based around dominating possession, with the hard hours put in during the week on that front.
Davies said: ‘We work on keeping the ball. It’s all based around that.
‘We did that last week in training.
‘We’re set up to keep the ball and work on it in training.
‘We haven’t done that in the game.
‘It’s the most disappointing thing.
‘When you look at the players we have in the squad, we have given the ball away too much for the quality we have here.
‘We keep saying there’s more to come.
‘We’re little bits and bobs from really hitting our straps.
‘We just have to keep concentrating on what we can do.’
– JORDAN CROSS