Disappointment was the overriding emotion for captain Alan Massey after the Magpies’ FA Cup first round exit at the hands of Portsmouth, the Maidenhead Advertiser report.
But, for 43 minutes, Massey felt the Magpies had matched the League 1 leaders and said things could have worked out differently had Ayo Obileye’s first half chance gone in and not come back off the post.
The side’s dreams of a giant-killing died when Ben Thompson volleyed home Portsmouth’s opener in the 43rd minute, and the League 1 side confirmed their dominance with three further goals after the break.
The Magpies looked more resilient, with Alfie Kilgour playing in central defence alongside Massey, while Obileye looked more accomplished in a central midfield role.
The Magpies failed to carve out many chances for lone striker Josh Kelly, but on reflection there is more cause for hope than despair after this and the effort they displayed in the first half must become the benchmark for the rest of the campaign.
“I think we’re disappointed because there are things we need to be stronger on, that have given them their goals,” Massey said afterwards.
“We’re disappointed because we’ve got things we need to work hard on in the next few weeks and we’ll be doing that in training with Dev.
“I think for 40 minutes we did (match them) but a lack of concentration just before half-time has cost us. If we could have gone in at 0-0 we might have had a chance but that took the wind from our sails a little bit.”
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