Pompey will be on Lawrence’s mind during international break

Blues skipper Liam Lawrence in action against Leeds
Blues skipper Liam Lawrence in action against Leeds
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett was handed a fresh Fratton Park contract this week  Picture: Joe Pepler

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Liam Lawrence admits his international duties will provide no relief from Pompey’s shaky form.

Lawrence’s mind will still be on his club team’s search for results as he links up with the Republic of Ireland.

Pompey are desperately looking for wins to kick-start their season after losing four of their past five games.

The skipper has spoken out on his belief in boss Steve Cotterill and his team-mates.

He has been at a loss to explain why the results aren’t coming, though.

Lawrence now links up with Ireland ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifiers in Andorra on Friday and at home to Armenia next week.

But getting Pompey firing is at the forefront of his mind.

Lawrence said: ‘I’m not really looking forward to the international break because Pompey is my bread and butter.

‘I like to go away with Ireland but I’d enjoy it more going off the back of a good result.

‘It’s two weeks now until the next game and it will be frustrating.’

Lawrence dismissed the suggestion expectation is weighing heavily on him and his team-mates.

Pompey’s players have made little secret of the fact they are looking to finish in the top six this season.

And the club’s owners have stated they are looking for consolidation.

Cotterill’s men currently sit in 18th place on nine points, though, and know they should be higher up the table.

Lawrence believes there shouldn’t be any problems with expectancy, though.

He said: ‘I don’t feel the pressure. It doesn’t bother me where we are in the league in terms of my performance, and that’s the way it should be.

‘We can’t seem to get any momentum going.

‘It’s been like that for the past couple of games.

‘We did okay against Blackpool and nicked a win. Then we play Peterborough off the park and lose. Then there was Leeds.

‘It’s so frustrating because I think we should have been getting something out of these games.’