POMPEY LADIES were left disappointed after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Copsewood (Coventry) on Sunday.
It could even have been worse, with the hosts falling 2-0 behind at Cams Alders.
They battled back well to bag a point, with Gemma Hillier and Tiff Taylor on the mark.
But Perry Northeast’s side really needed the victory to boost their FA Premier League southern division title hopes.
They started as strong favourites, with Copsewood fighting it out at the bottom of the table.
Northeast felt his team were stunned by the visitors’ rapid start but should still have hit back to win.
He said: ‘We’re obviously disappointed.
‘This was a game we should have got the three points from.
‘We actually went 2-0 down in the very early stages and I think this was a bit of a shock to the team.
‘I think Copsewood shocked themselves by scoring two early goals to be honest!
‘But it wasn’t what we had all predicted and so we then gave ourselves a massive mountain to climb.
‘The first 15 minutes of the game we just didn’t come out of the traps and we were being complacent.
‘We got caught twice early on by sloppy play.
‘Once that happened we then kicked into gear and for the next 70 minutes we were searching for goals.
‘No matter what side you play in the league you can’t give anyone a 2-0 head start on you.
‘So credit to the side for getting us back into the game and salvaging the point.’
Northeast felt that if Pompey had kept a high level of concentration in the first 15 minutes, as well as being more resolute, then they would have secured the victory.
Unfortunately they paid the price for giving the opposition control.
Copsewood’s Nicola Foskett claimed two goals in the first 10 minutes, as the away side took command.
But Hillier struck a goal from 12 yards out in the 30th minute, reducing the visitors’ lead to 2-1 at half-time.
Taylor then denied Copsewood the win with her much-needed goal in the 90th minute of the game.
Pompey are now joint top of the table with Cardiff City on 35 points.
Northeast is confident his squad will respond well.
He added: ‘We have a game in hand over Cardiff.
‘I’m confident Copsewood was just a slight blip.
‘I know the players we’ve got in the dressing room are good enough to make amends immediately.
‘It’s not now about ability – it’s about the players’ attitude.
‘Hopefully we can keep a positive attitude and just keep working on the things that we have been doing so well all season to get us into this position.’