Brown: We need Portsmouth calm
Lee Brown has appealed for calm as Pompey's all-conquering start to the season continues to electrify.
After 11 matches, the Blues are savouring their best unbeaten start to a campaign in 57 yearsÂ following Tuesday's 1-0 win at Coventry.Â
In the process, they top League One, cradling a three-point advantage over second-placed Peterborough.
It has been thrilling early beginnings, prompting some members of Tuesday night's 1,961 travelling faithful at the Ricoh Arena to chant '˜We are invincible' late on, albeit tongue-in-cheek.
Expectations towards a memorable outcome for the season are being ramped up with every encouraging result.
Next it's struggling Gillingham visiting Fratton Park, a side without a victory in all competitions since August 11.
Yet left-back Brown is refusing to get carried away as the campaign tantalisingly unfolds.
He said: '˜Let the fans enjoy it. Us, as players, have got to be professional and just do our job.
'˜This manager won't let us get carried away and I don't think the players will get carried away either.
'˜There are a lot of us who have been in football for a long time. WeÂ know that in football things can change very, very quickly '“ whether you are on a bad run or good run.
'˜We have to keep doing the same thingsÂ over the next 11 games because no-one is going to give you points in this league.
'˜So many people in the game and within the dressing know you cannot get too carried awayÂ because it can bite you on the bum.'
Last season, Pompey went on a run of nine victories in 11 matches from November to catapult the clubÂ into the play-off positions.
However, following a rash of injuries to a number of experienced performers, Kenny Jackett's men fell away, subsequently finishing five points adrift of sixth spot.
During the same campaign, highly-flying Scunthorpe won 14 league games by January 1 to put themselves within League One contention.
Yet the Iron collected only five more wins during the second half of the season, although they still scraped into the play-offs.
Such examples back Brown'sÂ argument against beingÂ swept away by euphoria, no matter how invigorating the scenario may be.
The 28-year-old added: '˜Not so long ago I played Leyton Orient and they had won 10Â on the spin '“ then lost and plummeted.
'˜So I'm a bit wary about getting too carried away because I've seen it happen before.
'˜TheÂ likes of Scunthorpe started so well last season, with a great first half of the year, then fell behind and only just made the play-offs.
'˜We've got to remember that.'