Saddlers defeat leaves Appy frustrated

Pompey boss Michael Appleton   Picture: Barry Zee
Pompey boss Michael Appleton Picture: Barry Zee
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Michael Appleton admitted his side didn’t do enough to earn victory from their League One clash with Walsall.

Pompey slipped to a 2-1 Fratton Park defeat at the hands of the Saddlers as they still wait on their first home league win of the season.

The Blues created several chances in the first half but fell behind after the break to two well-taken goals from James Baxendale and Florent Cuvelier.

Izale McLeod halved the deficit with 21 minutes remaining, but the home side were unable to build on his brilliant left-footed drive.

And that inability to put the away side under pressure in the closing minutes and grab an equaliser was something that frustrated the boss at the final whistle.

I’m frustrated, disappointed,’ he admitted.

‘They (Walsall) scored two good goals in terms of shots from outside the box.

‘But I just don’t think we did enough to win the game.

‘I’m not sure we really deserved to lose the game, but we certainly didn’t do enough to win the game.

‘That’s probably the biggest disappointment.

‘We never imposed ourselves on the game enough.’