Andy King felt Pompey could have been reduced to 10 men late on as his Northampton side earned a 0-0 draw at Fratton Park.
The caretaker Cobblers boss felt Sonny Bradley fouled David Moyo as he went clean through on goal and a red card would certainly have followed had referee Gavin Ward deemed it a free-kick.
King said: ‘He was fouled. He was clean through, he’s five yards quicker than the other boy and he was clearly fouled.
‘If that’s not a foul then something has changed in football since I’ve been in the game.
‘David Moyo said it was a foul and he’s a very honest young kid.
‘I think it was a foul and that would have given us a free-kick in a good area so it might have been different.’
While King was left to rue that decision, he was delighted with his side’s display and felt it was not the performance of a team cut adrift three points from safety at the foot of League Two.
He said: ‘It was a fantastic team performance.
‘It wasn’t a classic but we were positive and we kept looking for a goal.
‘We created chances and we certainly didn’t look like a nervous team who are at the bottom of the league.
‘The first half was poor but the players ran themselves into the ground.
‘The supporters clapped the players off at the end and that was because they could see the effort was there.
‘For me – it’s a decent point is an understatement and I’m very proud of the team.
‘The team reflected me and made me proud.
‘I’m proud of myself to be with a team that has played really well away from home despite being bottom of the league.’
And King admits he would like the job on a full-time basis after the recent sacking of Aidy Boothroyd.
He said: ‘I can only get the job from what the players do on the pitch and I’m really happy with what they have done.’
– STEVE WILSON