Brown: We need Portsmouth calm

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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 years following Tuesday’s 1-0 win at Coventry. 

Lee Brown is not getting carried away by Pompey's scintillating start. Picture: Philip Oldham

Lee Brown is not getting carried away by Pompey's scintillating start. Picture: Philip Oldham

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. We 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 things 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 away 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 club 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’s argument against being 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 10 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.

‘The 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.’