Football

Hart won't blame bad luck for defeat

Next Story →
.

Portsmouth manager Paul Hart refused to bemoan his side's bad luck as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat against Bolton at Fratton Park.

A goal from Gary Cahill after 89 minutes, which could have been ruled out for offside, sealed victory for Bolton and the Trotters' second was also shrouded in controversy as Tal Ben-Haim appeared to take the ball, when he was adjudged to have fouled Kevin Davies for Matthew Taylor's penalty.

Hart said: "On the replay, it looks like he (Ben-Haim) got the ball for their penalty - definitely. Sometimes it can appear that the luck isn't going your way and you can bemoan it as much as you like. But that doesn't change anything and you have to try and put things right."

He added: "There was enough in that performance to suggest we can turn it around.

"The only other decision I might question is whether Matty Taylor was stood in an offside position when he was involved in the third goal.

"It looked to me like he was interfering with play."

The home side were roundly booed by a disenchanted Fratton Park faithful at the final whistle which saw Pompey remain pointless after their fifth league defeat of the season.

Hart understands their frustrations, but admits building a competitive side in such a short space of time was always going to be tough following the club's protracted takeover saga.

He added: "I'm not trying to make excuses but we have only built our side in the last two weeks. Everybody else has had the whole summer to sort it out.

"We realise that but all we can do is concentrate on the positives that were in that performance."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Topics:
Portsmouth
Tal Ben-Haim
Football
Matthew Taylor
Bolton Wanderers
Premier League
Matthew Taylor
Gary Cahill
Kevin Davies
Charlton Athletic
Next Story →

Article Comments

Trending

Read more

Scroll for more articles below.