Keith Hill admitted Pompey’s late winner against Rochdale was a tough pill to swallow.
And the Dale boss is certain his side should have been awarded a penalty in the dying stages of the FA Cup second-round tie.
Andre Green’s 90th-minute deflected shot looped into the net to book the Blues their spot in tonight’s draw.
However, Kenny Jackett’s men were fortunate to win with one of their most underwhelming performances of the season.
Rochdale hit the woodwork when the game was goalless while Ian Henderson was denied a stoppage-time equaliser by a superb Craig MacGillivray save.
Hill felt the hosts should have been awarded a spot-kick in the fifth minute of added-time when Andy Cannon went over inside the box, but the referee waved play on.
The Dale boss told Rochdale’s website: ‘It was cruel and we definitely had a penalty appeal go against us in the dying embers of that game.
‘It was a penalty and we’ve had a look back. The referee standard was poor from a spectacle point of view.
‘But, with respect to ourselves, I was happy with our level of performance considering the opposition we were facing.
‘In the first half there were a few teething problems in terms of what I expected and asked for. But in the second half we worked those problems out and didn’t deserve to lose it. We created opportunities.’