Crisis club Portsmouth's turbulent week sunk to a new low as the stricken south-coast side dropped into the npower Championship relegation zone with a 2-0 defeat at Barnsley.
Just over 24 hours after entering administration for a second time in two years, debt-ridden Pompey battled bravely with 10 men following Dave Kitson's red card in the first half before goals in the last 15 minutes from Jim O'Brien and Matt Done consigned them to defeat.
Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch watched on from the main stand at Oakwell as around 400 travelling supporters chanted `we will never die', but the immediate future looks bleak for the 2008 FA Cup winners, who are now in the bottom three havingn docked 10 points.
Appleton's side looked destined to secure at least a point but Barnsley finally broke the deadlock with a goal from out of the blue 15 minutes from time as O'Brien let fly with his right foot from 20 yards out and found the bottom-left corner.
And Done sealed the points in stoppage-time as Pompey pressed forward and were caught on the break as the Barnsley substitute raced clear and sealed the points with a neat left-foot finish.