Cotterill deflated after late goal

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Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill was gutted to see his side caught by a last-gasp "sucker punch" as Erik Huseklepp's own goal handed Peterborough a 3-2 triumph at Fratton Park.

Huseklepp scored his first goal for Pompey in stoppage time last Saturday to snatch his side a 1-0 home win over Blackpool. But the feeling of ecstasy which accompanied that strike turned to agony when he slid Ryan Tunnicliffe's wicked ball across the goalmouth into his own net.

Cotterill said: "We did enough to win that game - that's for sure. We played well enough and especially in the second half. We just got caught with a sucker punch right at the end. Now we've got the feeling that Blackpool had here."

Peterborough took charge after four minutes when Lee Frecklington's drive from 20 yards was fumbled by Portsmouth keeper Jamie Ashdown, who haplessly palmed the ball up and into the net. The home side levelled after nine minutes when Huseklepp's shot from the left-hand side of the box was turned in by Posh defender Gabriel Zakuani.

Frecklington fired the visitors back in front after 21 minutes with a stunning finish from the right-hand corner of the penalty area. But Benjani touched home David Norris' cross from close range to level after 54 minutes, before Huseklepp's mishap four minutes into stoppage time broke Pompey's hearts.

After watching his side dominate the second half, a dejected Cotterill added: "It's amazing what this game does. We had the euphoria of a last-minute winner on Saturday and then three days later we had to take that. We didn't deserve that and if we had taken our chances the game was out of sight."

Cotterill refused to lay the blame on Huseklepp and Ashdown for their costly mistakes. He added: "Individual errors are very difficult to do anything about. That's what happens - we're human. Unfortunately, when goalkeepers make a mistake, it ends up in the back of the net. Okay, Erik put it in at the death there, but if he hadn't, maybe someone else would have put it in anyway."

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was over the moon after a lightning Posh counter-attack handed his side their first npower Championship away win of the season.

He said: "When you score a goal like that in the last minute, there is no way back for the opposition. As it was, it was the last kick of the ball. It was a great victory. In the first half I thought we played some really good stuff and caused them all sorts of problems. They changed their shape in the second half and, to be fair, they were on top.

"We dug in, though, and after they equalised, we had to dig in. Then we had a little break at the end to win it."

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