Portsmouth more clinical when it mattered - Martin

Dons made to pay the price as Pompey take advantage of their mistakes
Russell MartinRussell Martin
Russell Martin

Three defensive errors cost MK Dons three goals in the defeat to Portsmouth on Tuesday night, but it was a scoreline which flattered the home side according to Russell Martin.

Andy Cannon fired the home side ahead after just four minutes when he was afforded a tap in, but Alex Gilbey levelled on the stroke of half time after seeing his penalty parried back into his path. But John Marquis restored Portsmouth's lead four minutes into the second half when the defence stopped in their tracks. Marcus Harness fired in in stoppage time when Dons were reduced to 10 men to add gloss to the victory.

"My overriding feeling is disappointment at the goals we conceded," said the manager. "Not the first one, that's on me. I'm asking them to play like that, and at some point it was going to happen and I have to accept that. But we responded unbelievably well. We went in at half time and we really believed we would win the game.

"That second goal really disappointed me – it's just not good enough. The ball was hanging in the air, everyone just stopped.

For the third, we'd just thrown everyone forward to get an equaliser and I felt we were going to get one. We were down to 10 men, chasing the game, it is what it is but I don't think we deserved to lose 3-1. I've come away really proud of our performance at a tough place to come, but it shows how far we've come to be disappointed. It's not a 3-1 game."

"It's a disappointing result, but we're still a work in progress and we put in another performance like this on Saturday and get the result we need."