Appy left frustrated by Cup exit

Michael Appleton bemoaned the sloppy defending which led to Pompey's FA Cup demise.

The Blues went down to a 2-0 loss to Notts County in today’s first-round clash at Fratton Park.

Appleton’s men were all at sea at the back for the game’s two decisive moments.

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The Pompey boss was left frustrated by that in what was a low-quality game of football.

Appleton is now demanding his side put the performance right against Brentford in league action on Tuesday night.

He said: ‘The manner of the ways in which the goals were conceded was the worst thing.

‘It was a poor game of football from both sides and I didn’t enjoy watching the game.

‘After the performances we put in over the last two games I didn’t see that coming.

‘The only saving grace was it was a Cup match and there weren’t three league points up for grabs.

‘Now we have to put that right against Brentford on Tuesday.’