Appleton: We were unfortunate

Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton hailed his side’s display

against Sheffield United and feels they were unlucky to lose

1-0.

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.”