Striker says Blues have to battle for survival
A home defeat to York saw Pompey drop another place in the League Two table.
Michael Coulson’s early goal at Fratton Park gave the in-form visitors a fifth successive victory.
But it also left the Blues – who impressed for long periods – just three points above the drop zone with just eight games of the season.
And Ryan Taylor has vowed to keep fighting in order to arrest Pompey’s slide.
The striker said: “It’s a disappointing result and it was a sloppy goal to give away, but I thought we were on top in the first half.
“It’s going to be a dog-fight between now and the end of the season and we have to be ready for that.
“We just need to take each game as it comes and get some results on the table in order to start looking up the league.
“We have to roll our sleeves up and keep getting stuck in. It’s not going right at the minute, but we’ll keep working.
“Nobody’s going to put the points on the board for us – we have to do that ourselves.
“You go through spells like this and it’s important that we keep plugging away and hope the tide will change.”
Pompey now have a daunting midweek trip to the League Two leaders to look forward to.
Taylor said: “It’s going to be a tough game up at Rochdale on Tuesday, but we need to get into them early on and don’t show too much respect.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up and go again. There are eight games remaining and we have to get some wins.”