League survival must be the focus

Steve's baby daughter made amazing progress this week, or so his wife thought

STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

We can't have any complaints with Saturday's defeat.

But now is not a time for negativity – we need to stick together to turn things around.

Brighton ran out worthy winners, albeit with a numerical advantage.

Obviously it's difficult when you are a man down and credit to Brighton, they worked it well and utilised the extra man to their advantage.

They caused us a lot of problems after we enjoyed a fairly bright start.

There were a couple of half chances from John Utaka and Aaron Mokoena but other than that it ended up being a disappointing day for us.

There was a lot of frustration over Dave Kitson's red card but I didn't really have a great view of it – with the views from the press box at the Withdean not the best, to put it mildly!

Really though, that is papering the cracks after more worrying defending from Pompey.

Steve has spoken in the immediate aftermath of the game and backed his men, as he is obviously going to do.

But the manner in which they are shipping goals is a major worry and has to be addressed.

We can all start berating the team for the way they are playing at the back and tactics.

But it has to be a collective response from the players now, though, and the focus has to be on consolidating in the league.

Let's not forget we were praising the players to high heaven after their fightback at Leeds. That was only on December 28.

The aim now is to focus solely on keeping our status in the Championship.

We all need to get behind the team to ensure that happens.

The club is in a fragile state at the moment and we all need to be pulling in the same direction.

Things can change very quickly and we have some big games coming up.

There are things that need sorting out but I think we can get a positive return from the matches coming up.

Let's get behind the team to get things moving again.