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The Eagles boss felt his side had enough to claim the victory, which would have sent Pompey down
Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman was disappointed after his side were made to pay for missing chances as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth.
Scott Allan gave Pompey the lead after 32 minutes when his effort took a wicked deflection off Nathaniel Clyne and wrong-footed Eagles 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 Dean Moxey.
The visitors won a penalty after 71 minutes when Luke Varney fouled Wilfried Zaha and substitute Darren Ambrose stepped up and blasted the spot-kick straight down the middle.
However, the Eagles were unable to find another goal that would have relegated the south coast club to League One and Freedman felt it was an opportunity missed.
“We didn’t take our chances,” he said. “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.”