Jake Jervis believes he has to shoulder more responsibility in front of goal as he declared: I need to step it up.
The 22-year-old striker has made a promising start to his Pompey career, with four goals in seven starts since his January arrival – including the winner in the 1-0 success over Accrington in midweek.
But that long-range strike has given Jervis added belief that he should be trying his luck more frequently.
And he’s determined to show more initiative – starting with the clash at Chesterfield on Monday evening.
Jervis said: ‘I’ve scored a few goals but I haven’t had enough shots since I’ve been here.
‘I thought that needed to change. I wanted to get at defenders a bit more, so I did, got my shot off and it was good to see it go in against Accrington.
‘I used to get at players a bit more and I can cause a few problems when I do that.
‘When I get on the ball and run at defenders, it can create opportunities.
‘It’s a confidence thing to tell yourself to run with the ball a bit more, rather than giving it to someone else.
‘When I’m on my game, I want to run at defenders.
‘You have to make things happen yourself sometimes.’
Jervis also feels he’s benifited from some words of wisdom from Blues first-team coach Alan McLoughlin, who has urged him to impose himself on games more.
‘Macca gave me a little talk before the Scunthorpe game – it gave me a boost,’ said Jervis.
‘He is always trying to give me that bit of confidence and it helped.
‘He was saying: “I know you have got that wow factor now and then but you need to do it more. You need to go out there and show people”.’
‘I’m trying to do that a bit more now.’