Skipper lays down Portsmouth challenge
Brett Pitman has challenged Pompey to put a early stranglehold on League One.
The Blues skipper believes there's an opportunity to assume a position of power in the battle for promotion, with his team in the midst of five games in 15 days.
Kenny Jackett's side go to Coventry tomorrow night looking to extend their unbeaten league run to 11 games.
With two league games either side of the Checkatrade Trophy trip to Crawley in their time, there's a quick chance to harvest plenty of points to cement a place at the head of the table.
Pitman knows there's a real chance to for the team to put themselves in a very favourable place.
He said: '˜It's 10 unbeaten and that's the main stat. It's a positive
'˜We're in a run of five games in 15 days with the first two being away.
'˜If we can come through that period with a good amount of points we'll be pleased.
'˜You take the games as they come.
'˜But if you can put the wins together or at least not get beat, you can put a lot of points on the board quickly.
'˜The league will then look healthy for us.'
The aim is to keep the unbeaten run going at the Ricoh Arena, but Pitman feels they key challenge for Pompey is to avoid a run of defeatsÂ this term if they are to reach the Championship.
He added: '˜The stats are a nice consequence for us.
'˜When you are on an long unbeaten run you just want to keep it going.
'˜If we are to lose a game we want to go on another unbeaten run as quickly as possible. That's how it is.
'˜You don't want to lose too many games consecutively. That's at any level.
'˜Successful sides won't lose two or three in a row too many times.'