Lowe: Pompey can still produce winning run

Jamal Lowe. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jamal Lowe. Picture: Joe Pepler
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But the attacking talent knows time is running out for Kenny Jackett’s to inject much-needed momentum into the season.

The poor loss at Southend meant it’s just a single win for the Blues in 2018.

The record is six defeats and two draws from nine fixtures since the turn of the year across a miserable period.

Pompey were well beaten by a Shrimpers side who have yet to lose in the five games since Chris Powell became manager.

Lowe noted the five-point gap to the top six is bridgeable, but his team desperately need to find the form they produced at the end of last year.

He said: ‘There’s still 13 games to go.

‘It’s not too late but we need to start putting a run together.

‘Numbers-wise it’s five points. It’s two wins really.

‘We need to start picking up points consistently. It can’t just be one win here or there. It needs to be wins on the spin. We had a run of nines wins from 11 before Christmas. We can do it.

‘We need to get a run like that together again. It’s the same group of players. Nothing’s changed.

‘I think we’re capable of doing it.’

Lowe admitted Pompey’s fortunes are unlikely to improve all the time they give teams a two-goal head start.

That was the case as Southend bagged two goals in the first 12 minutes at Roots Hall.

Lowe said: ‘We’re giving ourselves mountains to climb and too much to do.

‘Coming back from 2-0 down so early is too much. It’s a big task to ask, especially away from home against a side who are on a decent run themselves.’