Appleton: We were unfortunate
Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton hailed his side’s display
against Sheffield United and feels they were unlucky to lose
Pompey went close to scoring when a superb long-range effort
from Akos Buzsaky struck the woodwork and Scott Allan also had a
shot blocked. But Nick Blackman struck the winner from the penalty
spot in the 66th minute after Lubomir Michalik’s reckless sliding
tackle felled Chris Porter inside the area.
“I thought we were very, very good for large periods of the
game,” Appleton said. “I thought there were some really good
performances and we had them on the back foot. We caused them a lot
of problems and it was harsh to lose the game.
“A crazy little bit of defending from Lubo cost us at least a
point. Even if he doesn’t touch him, he was daft enough to go to
ground when he didn’t need to. He (Porter) was going away from the
goal and it was just a rush of blood to the head.”
Appleton was pleased with Allan, who also had a spell at Pompey
last season, after the player only arrived on loan from West Brom
earlier in the day.
“I thought he was outstanding in the first-half,” Appleton
added. “He was almost unplayable at times. He tired a little
towards the end because he’s not had much football. He’s going to
be a big, big plus for us over the coming month.”