Pompey’s record in cup competitions this season reads played three, won three.
So Ellis Harrison is hoping for more of the same when Norwich’s youngsters visit Fratton Park on Saturday for the latest Leasing.com Trophy fixture.
But the striker accepts that it is league victories that are more pressing, with just one coming from the opening five games this term.
And he is confident that the Blues have enough quality in their ranks to start finding some better form.
The summer signing said: “There have been ups and downs – and we’d certainly like to have a few more points on the board.
“We’ve enjoyed a little run in the cup and can hopefully have a few better league performances coming.
"There have been ups and downs – and we’d certainly like to have a few more points on the board."
“We’re so close to going on a mad run and I think that’s what we deserve. It wouldn’t be a fluke because we’ve got good players who are capable of doing that.
“On a personal level, it was nice to start off with a few goals and I want to do that on a more consistent basis, rather than just in dribs and drabs.”
Defending champions Pompey can take a big step towards the knockout stages by beating the Canaries this weekend.
Harrison said: “It’s nice to have this game coming up because we’ve already lost a few and you don’t want too long a wait.
“So hopefully I can be involved against Norwich on Saturday and we can do well in another cup competition.
“I didn’t get as many minutes as I would have liked last season, so I’d go in goal if that’s what the gaffer wanted.”
It is another contest that has whetted the appetite of the Fratton faithful, with local rivals Southampton visiting in the Carabao Cup later this month.
Harrison said: “I’m hearing some tasty reviews on this derby from Closey, Bassy and Brandon. They’ve said it’s a feisty game and everyone’s excited.”