We have the firepower to get wins

Jake Jervis and David Connolly come off the bench. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jake Jervis and David Connolly come off the bench. Picture: Joe Pepler
Molly Clark came into the Pompey Ladies side and scored against Luton. Picture: Jordan Hampton

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Jake Jervis believes Pompey have the fire-power to turn their season around.

The striker made his long-awaited Blues comeback in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Mansfield.

Jervis helped change the face of the game following his introduction with 22 minutes left at Fratton Park, along with David Connolly.

They injected impetus into Pompey’s play with the Blues toiling when it came to cutting edge against the Stags.

Jervis feels there is the quality in his new side, in terms of attacking strength to pull them away from the League Two drop zone.

But the 22-year-old is realistic about the ambitions of his team for the rest of the season.

Jervis said: ‘As a group there is goals in us as an attacking five.

‘So hopefully we can have an impact now and get the team moving up the league.

‘We need to starting making these points three points.

‘The talk was about promotion but now we are down there - and that is what we have to concentrate on.’

Jervis believes he should have been awarded a crucial penalty on his Pompey return.

He had a strong shout for a spot-kick turned down late on as he went to ground under a challenge from Stags defender Ryan Tafazolli.

Referee Darren Sheldrake failed to give the decision, however, to the frustration of the home crowd.

Boss Richie Barker was adamant it was a penalty after the game, and Jervis echoed the sentiment of his manager.

Jervis said: ‘I think it was a penalty.

‘Maybe, it’s a different matter giving it in front of the away fans.

‘My touch was good enough to get a shot off.

‘He’s touched me and I’ve gone down.

‘But the ref hasn’t given it.

‘That’s all I can say about it really.’

Pompey have suffered a single loss in their last five games now, but have also picked up just a single win in their last 14 games.

Now, they face a long trip to Morecambe as they look to fire themselves up the table.

Jervis said: ‘Morecambe away is long trip people may not look forward to,

‘But that’s how it is in this league.

‘We have to get on with it, go there and get the three points.’

– JORDAN CROSS