Jed Wallace believes the players must share collective responsibility for Pompey’s disappointing campaign but insists their season can still be saved.
The Blues host League Two bottom club Hartlepool tomorrow, desperate to end their recent winless run at the 10th attempt.
The 20-year-old midfielder’s form has been one of the plus points for Pompey so far this term and they would be in serious trouble without his 12 goals in all competitions.
But Wallace accepts his share of the blame for the club’s lowly position and has set his sights on a vital run of games, starting with tomorrow’s home clash.
‘It’s been disappointing,’ said Wallace.
‘If you’d said to me at the start of the season we would be 18th at the start of February, I’d have been gutted.
‘But we are where we are and we have to turn that around.
‘It’s down to us to sort it out – 100 per cent.
‘We won’t do that by feeling sorry for ourselves.
‘We have to crack on now. There are no excuses.
‘Everybody has to take responsibility for their own actions.
‘And actions speak louder than words.
‘We are a close-knit group and we have to show that – as we did last weekend.
‘As players, we have got to take responsibility. We showed a really positive performance last weekend and we need to show how together we are as a group.
‘We need to do that again.’
While there were plenty of positives from last week’s 0-0 draw at high-flying Wycombe, it still left Andy Awford’s side searching for their first win of 2015.
Wallace scored twice the last time Pompey tasted victory – a 3-0 success over Morecambe on November 22.
But he knows the performance is irrelevant without the result tomorrow.
‘If the ball is on the floor for 30 seconds in the whole game and we win 1-0 from a deflection, then that’s the main thing,’ added Wallace.
‘Getting the three points is so important.
‘There is no point in looking back thinking we should have done this and this or should be there. We’re not.
‘We haven’t picked up enough points.
‘You can do all the talking in the world but that’s a fact.
‘The table doesn’t lie when you get to February.
‘We’ve got four of the next six games at home and we need to find promotion form.
‘We drew at Wycombe and, if we can beat Hartlepool, we have a chance to get seven points out of nine at Dagenham on Tuesday.’