Portsmouth crashed out of the Carling Cup 4-0 at home to Chelsea. Pompey have now conceded ten goals in their last two games but boss Harry Redknapp believed his side had played their best against Chelsea, but again defensive frailties proved decisive.
"They're a fantastic team, they are a different class, but the goals tonight were poor," said Redknapp.
"It was hard, I played with one up front to match their system, but I haven't got forward-running midfielders like (Frank) Lampard or (Michael) Ballack.
"So it is very difficult to contain them, but if you give sloppy goals away, you're going to struggle."