Portsmouth striving to surpass Sunderland and Blackpool's defensive records
Tom Naylor has insisted Pompey are striving for the best defensive record in League One.
Kenny Jackett's sideÂ have conceded just 14Â goals from their opening 16 matches this season, keeping five clean sheets.Â
The Blues' rearguard boastÂ the joint-third best in the division alongside Barnsley and Bristol Rovers.Â
OnlyÂ Sunderland (13) and Blackpool (12) have picked the ball out of the back of the net on fewer occasions than Pompey.Â
Naylor, who returns from suspension for the trip to Bradford on Saturday, knows the Blues have been solid at the back this campaign.
But after score draws against Burton and Accrington, the midfielder believes it's crucialÂ Jackett's men get back to recording shutouts.
He feels if Pompey's defenceÂ fails to beÂ breached then they have the attacking prowess to punish teams.Â
'˜Obviously our recordÂ is good but we want it to be first,' Naylor said.Â
'˜We've got to try to get back up thereÂ because I think getting clean sheets is where the points are at.
'˜If we get clean sheets, we know we're going to score and get three points.
'˜It's always frustrating when you concede but it's about how you respond.
'˜When that's happened, I think we've respondedÂ quite well.
'˜Against Burton when we wentÂ 2-1 down we scored quite quickly.
'˜Our response is quite good but noughts and ones is where we want to be at.
'˜Our defensive record is goodÂ but we wantÂ it to be number one and continue to be at the top of the league as well.'