TREVOR CARSON warned Pompey’s underperforming squad: No more excuses.
The keeper has demanded the Blues rid themselves of a blame culture and pull away from the League Two drop zone.
And the 25-year-old labelled anyone looking to offload the reasons for the club’s struggles this season as ‘weak’.
Carson pulled no punches in his assessment of his team’s position in the table.
He is adamant the players are talented enough to make a big impact in the Football League’s basement division.
But there is no doubt in his mind too many of the team haven’t been carrying their weight.
That has to quickly change – and there are no reasons for that not to happen.
Carson said: ‘There’s no excuses now for where we are.
‘If people do use excuses, they’re weak.
‘Now we have to nail it down. It’s down to us now.
‘We can’t point fingers at managers for doing this and that.
‘Too many of our team aren’t playing to their full potential or ability.
‘There’s not a lot of games left and that has to change.
‘In my mind, we have a decent squad. It’s up to us to get results for this club.
‘There’s not been too many times this season we’ve put up the other team in the dressing room (before a game) and I’d swap their team for ours. But football isn’t played on paper.
‘It’d be worse if we were in this relegation fight without the players we have.
‘Obviously it’s a worry we’re down there but with this team we’ve got we can get out of it.’
Pompey have never looked likely to live up to their billing as League Two title-contenders, after being installed as bookies’ favourites for the crown last summer.
A number of reasons have been forwarded for that, including a new squad being put together and teams raising their games when facing the Blues.
Carson dismissed those factors, though, and feels players should be able to rise to the task of representing Pompey.
He said: ‘We never really chat about it but I personally love playing at Fratton and playing for Pompey.
‘Sometimes it can weigh on people but I don’t think that’s the case. I’m confident.
‘I came here with Bury and I was looking forward to it all season. But that makes me want to do better now I play for the club.
‘When you put the Pompey top on you think: “I bet my opponent wishes he was wearing this”.
‘Other lads I know come here and they talk about the crowd and are buzzing to be here.
‘Obviously, they raise their games – but we have to raise ours more. We get the pleasure of playing in front of the fans every other week.
‘We should use them. At the minute we seem to use it in the last 20 minutes. We need to do it from the off.’