Academy narrowly beaten by Posh
A much-improved Pompey Academy side conceded a late penalty to lose to Peterborough at Furze Lane.
The young Blues bounced back from heavy defeats against Exeter and Plymouth by creating plenty of openings.
But they went home after empty-handed when, on 87 minutes, Alex Bass conceded a penalty and Jonny Edwards stepped up to score from the spot.
Academy coach Mikey Harris said: “We had a lot of chances, particularly in the first 15 minutes of both halves.
“Liam Sayers, who’s in good form at the moment, went through a couple of times, as did Brandon Joseph-Buadi, but we found their goalkeeper in fine form.
“We then thought Adam May had scored after the break, but unfortunately it was ruled out for offside.
“Then, right at the end, we were on the attack when Peterborough made a long cleared up the pitch.
“But our centre-backs Snorre Nilsen and Dory Yates both called for it at exactly the same time and almost clattered into each other.
“Their striker took advantage and was brought down as he tried to round Alex. The referee awarded the penalty, they scored from it and there wasn’t enough time for us to hit back.
“But it was a decent team display, especially when you consider the amount of games we’ve played recently.
“I can’t criticise the boys’ desire or work-rate – it’s just disappointing for them that they couldn’t collect any points.”
Pompey: Bass; Rwakarambwe, Nilsen, Saidy (Yates 61), Davies; Granger, May, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Scutt 65); Joseph-Buadi, Sayers, Haitham (Bradbury 72)