Andy Awford praised his side’s continued attacking intent – despite firing a blank against Ebbsfleet at Stonebridge Road.
Pompey have been in fine goalscoring form since returning to pre-season action, racking up 12 goals in three games before Saturday’s 3-0 defeat.
Their flair in front of goal was evident again in the first half of Saturday’s game in north Kent, as Jed Wallace, Danny Hollands and Adam Webster all found themselves well placed to add to the team’s summer scoring charts.
Chances were few and far between after the break as Awford rang the changes, with substitutes Alex Wynter and Miles Storey both squandering opportunities to open their Blues accounts.
In the end, those misses proved costly as Pompey suffered a disappointing loss.
But they provided plenty of comfort to Awford, who was heartened by his side’s forward movement.
‘Our attacking play was very good again,’ said Awford.
‘We had enough chances to get something out of the game, even though we conceded some poor goals.
‘Jed created plenty for himself and others, looked our main threat, and fair play to him.
‘Alex Wynter at the other end perhaps should have done better, while Adam Webster got through after some really good play and perhaps should have done better, too.
‘Going forward, we looked a major threat.
‘But we need to commit a few more bodies into the box, be a bit sharper and a bit better, ready for the Exeter game. But I’m not overly concerned we didn’t score on Saturday.’
Awford admitted Ryan Taylor, who started the game as a lone striker, was withdrawn at half-time because of a groin injury.
However, he does not believe it to be serious.
‘Taylor has a slight groin injury and there was no point keeping him out on the pitch for any longer,’ said Awford.
‘He did excellent again first half with that back-to-play role that he does, bringing people into it and we had a lot of joy doing that.’