Freedman rues missed chances
Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman felt his team wasted opportunities to claim a share of the spoils after going down 2-1 at relegation-threatened Portsmouth.
Scott Allan fired Pompey ahead after 32 minutes when his effort from 25 yards took a wicked deflection off Nathaniel Clyne and wrong-footed Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni. Greg Halford doubled the home side's advantage after 55 minutes, when his far-post header from Allan's corner went into the net off Palace's Dean Moxey. Eagles substitute Darren Ambrose reduced the arrears from the penalty spot with 19 minutes to play after Luke Varney felled Wilfried Zaha. Freedman said: "We didn't take our chances. I thought our performance was fantastic pretty much from start to finish. I cannot criticise the players' work rate. "It was a night where we played some fantastic football - our attacking display was great. We just couldn't quite get the goals I thought we deserved. It was a difficult result to take after looking at our performance."