Striker says Pompey have to stay positive
A defeat is always hard to stomach.
But Ryan Taylor wishes that Pompey did not have to wait two weeks in order to put things right.
Their dismal away record continued with a 3-1 defeat at struggling Tranmere.
But an early exit from the FA Cup means that the Blues are not in action again until Accrington visit the south coast on December 13.
And Taylor knows that they need to use the time in between to put in some long shifts on the training pitch.
The striker said: “It’s hard for us to take, but we have to pick ourselves up and be ready to go again in a fortnight’s time.
“It does it make that bit harder that we’ve got to wait two weeks for our next game – we’d like to play on Tuesday.
“At home we seem to have promotion form, but we just can’t get going when we’re away.
“It was up to us to take the game to Tranmere, but they got an early goal and took confidence from that.
“They were on the ropes after Jed scored, though, and we started to pass the ball around a lot better, but ultimately we lost the game.
“The only way we’re going to turn things around is by working hard on the training pitch.
“It’s not easy after a defeat, but we have to pull our socks up and make sure we stay positive.”
Taylor had to be substituted early in the second half with an injury, but is hopeful that it is not too serious.
He said: “I went up for a header and landed on my ankle. It swelled up a bit, but I’ve had ice on it and hopefully it’s nothing too bad.”