Goal hero left frustrated
It was a long time coming, but Sonny Bradley finally scored for Pompey.
Not that the defender was in the mood for celebrating as Southend came back to secure all three points at Roots Hall.
Ryan Leonard’s brace – including a superb stoppage-time winner – meant that an impressive Blues performance counted for nothing.
And Bradley was frustrated that Pompey were unable to make their first half dominance count.
He said: “It’s very disappointing, especially after we went a goal ahead, but there are a lot of positives that we can take from the game.
”I’d rather someone else scored and we won the match. It was nice to get my first one, but hopefully next time it will count for something.
”It was a game of two halves – the wind made sure of that. We went a goal up and then could have scored a few more immediately after that.
”If any of those had gone in then I think we would have killed off the game and it would be a different story.
”But they nicked a goal before half-time and then we knew it would be tough because we’d have the wind against us.
”We did a good job of keeping them out for 45 minutes and looked really solid, but then their player just struck a clean shot right into the bottom corner.
”That goes in, but a few minutes earlier Jed Wallace has a great shot and it hits the bar, so things just aren’t going our way at the moment.
“I’m sick of saying the results will come, but our mentality won’t change. The fans clapped us off at the end because they knew we’d given it everything.
“But we have to make our own luck and need to create more chances on Saturday.
“We can’t get too down. We’ve only got a couple of games to prepare until we go again.