Harry Redknapp was disappointed to see Portsmouth let a late lead slip at Derby County.
John Utaka marked his Pompey debut by putting the visitors in front on 83 minutes only for Andy Todd to salvage a 2-2 draw for Derby 60 seconds later.
"Obviously we got off to a bad start when we went one-down," Redknapp told Sky Sports News.
"We came back and equalised, and we came in at half-time and I thought we had a good chance to pick up three points.
"Derby did ever so well, they were full of enthusiasm, good ideas and were very decent.
"But we were 2-1 up with five or six minutes to go and you expect to win the game, so it's disappointing.
"It's the first game of the season and it's going to be tough for everybody."
Redknapp praised the performance of Utaka, and also feels David Nugent acquitted himself well on his Premier League bow.
He added: "I thought he (Utaka) was outstanding, he was terrific. He has quick feet, has pace, has strength.
"He can play through the middle, but I played him wide today and, for me, he was outstanding, it was an excellent performance.
"David did okay. In the first half he was nice and bright, and I thought his movement was good and he linked up well.
"I made a substitution and put Kanu on because he can turn a game. That's no disrespect to David or his performance, I just made a substitution."