Christian Burgess knows that Pompey need to end the season on an upward trajectory.
There are just nine games of the League One campaign remaining, including this afternoon’s clash with Scunthorpe at Fratton Park.
The Blues are currently sitting in fifth position and well-placed to secure a play-off spot if they are unable to climb into the automatic promotion places.
Burgess has certainly not given up on the latter and is looking for a run of wins to increase the feel-good factor.
“We’re in a good position, but need a strong finish to the season to either sneak back into those automatic promotion places or carry some momentum into the play-offs,” he says in the official matchday magazine for today’s game.
“A couple of positive results in succession and suddenly everything looks a lot better, while there will be a confident mood around the place.
"It’s a game of fine margins and when we can get it right, we’ve shown that we’re capable of producing a great performance."
“Things can change incredibly quickly in football and so you have to keep believing in yourself.
“That final ingredient is something we haven’t quite found in 2019. There have been spells where we’ve impressed, played well and scored some good goals, but it hasn’t all come together for the full 90 minutes.
“It’s a game of fine margins and when we can get it right, we’ve shown that we’re capable of producing a great performance.”
To read the full interview – where Burgess discusses his excitement about going to Wembley at the end of the month – make sure to buy a copy of the magazine today.
Also in issue 25, Bryn Morris reveals his firsts and lasts, while Omar Bogle has his general knowledge put to the test.
Fans can read exclusive columns from Mark Catlin, Kenny Jackett and Brett Pitman, while we continue to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pompey’s first top-flight title success with a detailed look at the 1948/49 campaign.
There is also an in-depth analysis of Scunthorpe, an interview with former Blues and Iron striker Phil Ashworth and much, much more in a packed 84 pages.
And remember not to miss an issue this season, with the spine of magazine revealing a fantastic picture as the campaign progresses.
You can pick up your copy for just £3 from programme sellers around the ground.