His own strengths may be in other areas but Hayden Mullins knows exactly where Pompey’s problems lie.
The long-serving Blues midfielder has seen the club’s financial demise at close quarters.
But Mullins, who was recruited by Tony Adams in January 2009, admits this is the toughest period of his three-year Pompey spell.
The threat of liquidation continues to hang over the club, while there is an ongoing search for goals as the Blues bid to halt a run of seven matches without a win.
Erik Huseklepp is the only man to net from open play in those games.
And while Mullins is no expert – having scored just three times in his 128-game Pompey career – he recognises the problem.
He said: ‘This is as tough as I’ve known it but we looked solid and we competed really well against Reading.
‘But it’s at the other end of the field we are struggling and perhaps lacking at the moment with creating chances and things.
‘Hopefully, once that comes together we can go on a bit of a run.
‘But we all know it’s hard to find goals at the minute and we’re working hard to try to put that right.’
Mullins, himself a veteran of several successful relegation-beating campaigns during his career with West Ham and Crystal Palace, knows Pompey’s current situation can change quickly with a positive result at Brighton.
He said: ‘The boys were a bit low after the 3-1 defeat last weekend but I thought we did okay at Reading against a really good side in good form.
‘The key is to make sure you bounce back and move on quickly.
‘We have to move on, put it to the back of our minds and stay positive.
‘But now it’s just trying to get that first win and getting on a bit of a roll.
‘If it comes against Brighton then the picture changes and everyone gets that bit of extra confidence.’