Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth insists that 'he's had worse runs than this' after his Wanderers side lost 1-0 at home to Portsmouth.

Marcus Harness’ second-half strike gave Pompey their second away league victory of the season – their first since the season’s opening day, and gave the Chairboys their fifth match without a win, despite having many chances to score.

Jordan Obita and Jason McCarthy both hit the post, Alex Bass produced several incredible saves to deny the Chairboys, and a Joe Jacobson missed penalty succumbed Ainsworth’s men to their third consecutive home loss.

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Wanderers are now winless in five and have only won one of their seven fixtures.

But despite the defeat against Danny Cowley’s side, the 48-year-old was pleased with the performance.

He said: “Performances is what I am about, and I will always be.

“We’ve had 21 shots on their goal, and we have never done that to Portsmouth before.

“This shows how far we have come, and we have had the better chances, but we didn’t take them.

“We’ve hit the post twice and we’ve missed a penalty.

“Everyone will look at the result and be down, but, we have created numerous chances and all we had to do was stick one in and it’s a completely different game.

“It is tough, but, for me, it’s about the big picture and to do that to a Portsmouth team shows either how far we have come or, are Portsmouth not what they were?

“That’s the question you have got to ask but I think it’s the former.

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“We’re better than we have ever been and if we keep playing like that against teams, we’re going to score goals and someone will get a battering.

“But Portsmouth got us on the counterattack and that’s how they got their goal.”

Wanderers' loss of form since the back end of October will obviously be a cause of concern for Ainsworth, but the manager seemed positive despite the defeat.

The home side dominated the opening half whilst the visitors bossed the second period, and several stunning saves from Bass, most notably in injury time to deny McCarthy and Sam Vokes, saw Portsmouth secure their sixth win over Wycombe in 16 matches.

But, with over 20 shots on the Portsmouth goal, the Wanderers boss knows his side can be clinical.

He continued: “We’re creating 20 plus chances a game.

“I’ve had worse runs than this, and I remember back in the day when it used to be three or four shots in a game with zero on target.

“That was worrying but now, I’m happy and I wanted something out of the game but we don’t fear anyone in this league.”

The two sides will meet again in March.