Ronnie Jepson weighed up Saturday’s attritional battle and insisted: It was a magnificent game.
The Bury caretaker boss felt Pompey’s 1-0 victory at Fratton Park was an entertaining clash.
Most onlookers felt the meeting between the Shakers and Guy Whittingham’s side was more about perspiration than inspiration.
Jepson disagreed, however, and enjoyed the visit to Pompey, despite tasting defeat.
He said: ‘I thought it was a magnificent game of football.
‘Portsmouth is a great place to come. Everybody showed a fantastic spirit.
‘The plan was working, but it didn’t quite come off.
Jepson was staying coy on whether he was keen on the Bury manager’s job, following the departure of Kevin Blackwell last week.
He insisted he would give his total commitment to the club, regardless of how the situation played out.
Jepson said: ‘It wasn’t a problem being in the dug out in charge.
‘I’m not throwing my name into the hat for the manager’s job. I don’t want to put anyone under pressure.
‘I’ll just do my best whether it is for two years or two weeks. I’ll give 100 per cent for the supporters, the chairman and the club.
‘If the chairman wants to give the job to whoever, I would give him, the supporters and the club 100 per cent. I work hard.’
Danny Hylton proved a central figure in Saturday’s game.
That was seen when he was clattered by goalscorer Bondz N’Gala in the first half, sparking a melee.
Jepson felt the challenge was worthy of a red card.
He said: ‘Danny Hylton is a throwback. He works his socks off and is a good player.
‘He isn’t scared to get clattered, as you saw in the challenge on him by the touchline by their defender (N’Gala). He had a good shout for a penalty.
‘That would have been a red card in the Premier League.’
– JORDAN CROSS