DANNY HOLLANDS is confident he can get back on the goal trail with Pompey.
The Blues go into tonight’s clash with Dagenham & Redbridge needing to end a run of three League Two defeats on the bounce.
They have failed to score a goal in that time, and were short of attacking ideas in Saturday’s 2-0 loss Southend.
Pompey’s lack of success in front of goal has been mirrored by Hollands.
The 28-year-old hit an outstanding five goals in as many games at the end of last season, after arriving on loan from Charlton.
But the midfielder has drawn a blank in nine appearances this time around.
Some different roles have had an impact on that record for the ex-Chelsea trainee.
He admitted there is a degree of frustration at not scoring, but he has the conviction the goals will soon flow.
Hollands said: ‘It’s tough to follow last season.
‘I knew it was going to be like that.
‘I feel confident still, though. We’re only seven league games in.
‘Have I had to rein myself in? Yes and no.
‘If I’m in the 3-5-2, I’m having to do a bit more defensive work and go out to the full-back.
‘Against Burton it was a 4-2-3-1, like the end of last season. I was able to get forward a bit more then.
‘I want to get forward and get a goal. Once you get one it’s a lot easier.
‘The longer it goes on the harder it becomes, because you get a bit more frustrated.
‘It’s just getting that first one.
‘Once I get the first one, hopefully, a few more will follow.
‘It’s a team game first and it’s about doing my bit for the team.
‘We need the three points first. If we do that I’m happy.’
Hollands has seen chances come his way in the past couple of games, but not been able to take them.
Despite his slow start, he still has a goal target in mind this season – even if he’s staying coy on that number.
‘Maybe for one or two, I should have done a bit better. I haven’t got there as much this season,’ he said.
‘Maybe for the goal against Oxford I did. I got a touch and put it back across goal, and it’s fell for Westie (Craig Westcarr). Apart from that not really, though.
‘But otherwise it’s been more defensive work and backing the play up.
‘I always set myself targets, and I’m confident I can get there. I won’t disclose how many it is and put pressure on myself, though!
‘Last season people maybe thought I got a lot more goals than what a midfielder gets.
‘I want to do my bit for the team and contribute in other ways as well.
‘I’m looking to play games and hopefully it will come.
‘Hopefully, I can put the ball in the back of the net.
‘It’s just a case of knuckling down. Once I get one a few more will follow.’