Pompey enjoyed more possession, shots and corners in their League One contest with Doncaster at Fratton Park.
But the visitors shaded the statistic that counts the most, as Reece James’ late strike proved enough to earn them all three points.
Neither side was able to carve out many clear-cut openings in a contest that was certainly lacking a spark.
And while aspects of Pompey’s play pleased Kenny Jackett, he was concerned with their lack of forward fluency.
The Blues boss said: “Doncaster started well, but we came back into the game after about 20 minutes and were well on top by the break.
“That continued throughout the vast majority of the second half, without us finding that cutting edge with the final pass in the right areas.
"We worked the ball into their box a lot and found ourselves in good positions, but couldn’t quite make the most of that."
“Their two centre-halves defended the box very well, but there were a lot of things we did better than we have in other matches.
“Ultimately, though, we couldn’t find any goals and the one Doncaster scored at the other end has cost us.
“Ben Close has been unlucky not to come in before, but he brought something to our midfield performance.
“Andy Cannon also came into the team and got into encouraging situations – maybe finding that final pass is the last piece of the jigsaw for him.
“We worked the ball into their box a lot and found ourselves in good positions, but couldn’t quite make the most of that.
“There are times when we do look potent and we’ve certainly got the attacking players who can score goals for us.”
Ellis Harrison produced a tireless display up front, but limped off the pitch midway through the second half.
Jackett said: “He has a slight problem with either his glute or his hamstring. It’s not too bad and hopefully he’s not out for too long.”