PORTSMOUTH go into Saturday’s game at Wycombe with a league record this season of played six, won just one.
Despite the pressure on Kenny Jackett growing game by game, the Pompey boss believes a win will turn his side’s season around and trigger a sustained climb up the table.
The situation has not been helped by Portsmouth having games postponed, leaving them up to three games in hand of many of their rivals.
Jackett’s side were held 2-2 by ten-man Burton Albion on Tuesday night, and despite Brett Pitman rescuing a point with an injury-time penalty, the home fans voiced their frustration at the final whistle.
After Saturday’s trip to Adams Park Pompey face the small matter of the first south coast derby for seven years against Southampton in the Carabao Cup at Fratton Park on Tuesday. However, Jackett insists his focus is on the league and turning their form around.
“It’s six points from six games. We’re in 18th position and – despite going through in the cups – our priority is always the league,” said Jackett.
“We’re looking to go further than last season and although it’s still early days, of course we want to improve.
“We didn’t get the result we wanted on Tuesday night (against Burton) after making a really bad start. We looked nervous and timid.
“I was pleased that we kept going and got a point out of the game. That’s something, but not exactly what we wanted.
“We were searching for a performance and a convincing victory – and we’re still looking for that. We’re capable of it.
“A win is needed to turn things around and give us a bit of momentum, but I do feel that if we get our game right, we can beat anyone in this division.
“There have been times during the campaign so far when we’ve looked a good team, but just haven’t been consistent enough.”