It had to end at some point and Pompey’s fine unbeaten run in League One finally ground to a halt at 27.
So now the challenge for John Mousinho’s men is to begin a new one when they visit Burton this evening (7.45pm kick-off).
The home side are currently sitting 17th in the standings and looking to increase a four-point gap to the drop zone.
Albion looked in trouble after failing to win any of their opening seven games, only to follow that with a run of seven matches without defeat.
Since beating Bristol Rovers 4-1 at the Pirelli Stadium last month, however, their form has dropped again.
Dino Maamria’s side go into tonight’s contest having collected a single point from the past 12 available and lost 4-0 at Peterborough on Saturday.
The manager was appointed to replace Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in September 2022, guiding them off the foot of the table and into an impressive 15th position.
But his first game in charge was a 2-0 home defeat to Pompey, with Sam Hughes netting an own-goal before Colby Bishop sealed the win late on.
Pompey will be without Tino Anjorin (hamstring), Josh Dockerill (knee), Tom Lowery (knee), Connor Ogilvie (ankle), Regan Poole (knee), Anthony Scully (knee) and Zak Swanson (ankle).
Joe Morrell is also absent as he starts a two-match ban, while Gavin Whyte is likely to miss out for personal reasons.
Former Fratton loanee Steve Seddon is expected to feature for Burton, who are missing John Brayford (knee), Tom Hamer (knee), Sam Hughes (calf) and Jasper Moon (ankle).
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 6 wins
Burton: 3 wins
On the road
Pompey: 4 wins
Burton: 2 wins
Tickets can no longer be purchased directly from Pompey, but are available at Burton this evening, with prices increasing by £2.
Supporters who are attending the game can click here to read a guide to visiting the Pirelli Stadium.
Referee: Scott Oldham
Assistants: Richard Woodward and Karl Buckley
Fourth Official: Dale Baines
Domestic iFollow subscribers can also enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.
There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.
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Games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated
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Oxford v Bolton
Port Vale v Derby
Stevenage v Peterborough
Wigan v Fleetwood
Reading v Carlisle (8pm)