Appleton bemoans missed chances

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Michael Appleton

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton believes his side created enough chances to win six matches after drawing 0-0 with Bristol City at Fratton Park.

Former Manchester United midfielder Appleton watched his side create numerous opportunities against fellow strugglers City but fail to score as they remained adrift at the foot of the npower Championship standings.

Appleton said: "People talk about sides creating enough chances to win two games, but we created enough chances to win six.

"It's the situation where we are at the minute - getting in fantastic positions and having fantastic chances but we're just snatching at them a bit.

"There's a lack of confidence in front of goal with some of the players - a little bit psychological with one or two of them.

"But I can't ask any more of them. There was some fantastic opportunities and football in the second half, and maybe it's going to take it to come off someone's back-side or knee to kick-start it again."

Bristol City boss Derek McInnes admitted he was content with a draw as his side look to avoid being sucked into the relegation zone.

He said: "I am happy with a point and the draw in the end and I was delighted with some of our defending. It was excellent.

"I thought we battled very hard and threw our bodies in front of everything. We worked extremely hard and it's another point towards avoiding relegation.

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