Midfielder admits Pompey were poor against Boro
Danny Rose admits that Pompey did not play well enough to deserve anything against Stevenage.
They looked the more threatening side early on and Kyle Bennett hit the post before the chances began to dry up.
Steven Schumacher and Matt Godden then took advantage of poor defending after the interval to stun the Fratton faithful.
Michael Smith’s third goal in as many games was nothing more than a consolation and Rose was left frustrated by the overall performance.
The midfielder said: “We’ve been on a good run the past few weeks and really wanted the win to keep it going.
“There was a chance right at the death to get something, but when you’re scrambling for an equaliser in the last minute then you know you haven’t done enough.
“We weren’t quite at it and that very disappointing coming after the performance that we produced on Tuesday.
“The start was satisfying, but we couldn’t go ahead and then gave away two poor goals. It’s a mountain to climb from there.
“We got one back and threw everything at Stevenage towards the end, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. It hurts deeply.”
Pompey’s early exit from the FA Cup means there is now two weeks to wait before they travel to Grimsby for the next fixture.
Rose said: “When you don’t get the result you’re looking for it’s nice to have another game just around the corner.
“We haven’t got that, so we’ll analyse where we went wrong and regroup, but it’ll be a long two weeks for us.”