Leicester CITY manager Sven-Goran Eriksson refused to criticise his side after the 1-0 defeat to Pompey delivered a blow to their play-off prospects.
The Foxes have won just once in six matches and now stand 11th, five points adrift of sixth-placed Nottingham Forest.
David Nugent scored the only goal of the Walkers Stadium clash and while Eriksson admitted his disappointment he revealed his pride at the team’s effort.
The former England boss said: ‘It’s a very disappointing result but from our performance over 90 minutes we did enough to get at least a draw.
‘We created some good chances.
‘I can’t criticise the team.
‘They tried hard enough – they stood up and battled against a very physical team.’
Eriksson stressed his target remains for the Foxes to reach the play-offs.
And he insisted he will not give up hope while there is a chance of making the end-of-season promotion battle.
‘It is still possible but unfortunately we now have one game less,’ said Eriksson.
‘But while it is still mathematically possible we are still going to fight for it.
‘And we will start away at Middlesbrough in two weeks’ time.
‘We still have hope but we must show the same spirit we showed on Saturday and last week against Scunthorpe.’