Frustration. Everywhere you turn at Pompey, frustration.
Frustration from all sides at the lack of movement in the transfer market on Monday following the departure of John Utaka.
Frustration which was echoed in Steve Cotterill’s men delivering a performance which spoke of promise at QPR before a rare Jamie Ashdown mistake undid the side.
And frustration from fans, which is starting to boil over with talk of a protest at the Derby game tomorrow.
A winless run which has now stretched to nine games has got supporters worriedly looking down the Championship table.
Only four points separate the Blues from the drop zone going into the meeting with Nigel Clough’s men at Fratton Park.
Pompey players were as frustrated as anyone at the lack of deadline-day arrivals to a squad they know is short on numbers.
Hermann Hreidarsson can see that as much as anyone and is of the same opinion as everyone else.
But the defender, who completed a first-team 90 minutes for the first time this season against QPR on Tuesday, feels there is still enough quality to match any Championship side.
The evidence was there in his team’s display at Loftus Road, which warranted a return from the game.
Hreidarsson believes Pompey need a break to go their way to change the course of the season.
And a win tomorrow could soon have them back on the kind of form which harvested 19 points from 21 earlier in the season.
Hreidarsson said: ‘We didn’t get any players but the gaffer is working all the time.
‘We don’t really feel it so much as players. I’m sure the gaffer tried all the time to get some players but that’s Portsmouth.
‘We’ll have to put our heads on and work hard. There’s still a great spirit among the lads.
‘We need one win to break the duck and then we can go on a good run.
‘We are capable and we have had some bad performances, but we can beat anyone.
‘We’re looking ahead of us in the table. If we play to our strengths we will win more than we lose, that’s for sure.’
Derby arrive at Pompey in the middle of a dreadful run of form themselves.
They have won just a single game from the past 11 and lost their last four on the spin – including an FA Cup exit at the hands of Crawley.
Hreidarsson feels the clash is a massive opportunity for his team to start turning their fortunes around.
He has no doubt the players are still up for the fight and there is the kind of spirit needed within the ranks to get the season moving.
The Iceland star said: ‘Every game is massive now.
‘The way we played against QPR was a boost for us.
‘There was a lot of hard work out there and a great spirit.
‘Now we are looking forward to the Derby game.
‘You can’t get down about things.
‘The players aren’t. There’s nothing we can do about it.
‘We just play football, get on with it and look forward to the next game. The effort was there and team spirit was there.
‘The hunger was there against QPR. We created more chances and nullified them, aside from the corner they scored.
‘We enjoyed defending and attacking. We are creating chances and people are lively.
‘If we give everything and there is the same spark and hunger we will be okay.’