Taylor confident of Pompey survival

Pompey striker Ryan Taylor Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey striker Ryan Taylor Picture: Joe Pepler
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Ryan Taylor surveyed Pompey’s precarious league position and predicted: We will stay up.

The Blues could slip into the League Two drop zone for the first time tonight if results go against them.

At present, Richie Barker’s men – who currently sit 22nd in the table – head to Rochdale three points clear of the relegation places, with a better goal difference than Northampton who are in 23rd spot.

But defeat at Spotland and victory for the Cobblers in their home clash with AFC Wimbledon tonight could well see that change.

These are massively worrying times for Pompey supporters, as they fight to remain in the Football League.

For Taylor, there were positives to come out of the weekend loss to York, when the Blues played the final 40 minutes with 10 men.

He has emphasised improvements are required, but remains confident the Blues can avoid the drop this season.

‘All the games are tough now, we can’t get relegated and I don’t think it is going to happen,’ said Taylor.

‘Rochdale are top of the league but there are eight games left now so we need to roll our sleeves up and kick-on now.

‘I actually don’t think there is that much between all the teams in this league – everybody beats everybody.

‘Now we have a massive chance, we have to go there and grab the game by the neck and get the three points.

‘It’s the points we need. Good performances aren’t going to get us out of the relegation battle so we need to get the points.

‘We definitely have enough to stay up, without a doubt.

‘Obviously, heads are down at the minute but we need a good result and everybody will be looking up.

‘It’s in our hands to do it and the gap (between Pompey and the drop zone) is three points. But we’ve got to take each game as it comes now and try to rack some points up.

‘You don’t look at the fixtures so much, but I have a little eye at the league table – you can’t help but look at it.

‘In a way we need to put that to the back of our minds and keep battling away and hopefully get the results we need.’

Rochdale are currently two points clear at the top of the table with eight matches remaining.

At the other end, Pompey are fighting for their lives and trying to stay ahead of at least Torquay and Northampton over the same period.

York, on Saturday, was perceived by many as a must-win encounter – but the Blues ended up losing 1-0.

Victory for Exeter and Northampton’s 1-1 draw with Morecambe plunged Barker’s men even closer to the relegation zone into non-league.

Pompey’s chronic goal-scoring problem remains the issue and Taylor concedes more is required from the players.

He added: ‘Everybody can see we worked our socks off against York but sometimes you need to do a bit more.

‘We showed it in patches in the first-half. We needed to show a bit more in the second half so hopefully we can go tonight and get three points.

‘The first half on Saturday was good but we can’t keep saying that.

‘We’ve got to get the results, it’s no good doing alright in patches and losing 1-0, losing 2-0 or whatever it is – we need to get results.’