Howard: I must do more to lift Pompey

8/12/12_TRANMERE_POMPEY'Actiojn from Tranmere Rovers vs Pompey at Prenton Park.''Picture: Steve Reid (123963-913)
8/12/12_TRANMERE_POMPEY'Actiojn from Tranmere Rovers vs Pompey at Prenton Park.''Picture: Steve Reid (123963-913)

Brian Howard assessed his form since arriving at Pompey and admitted: I’ve got to do better.

The Blues skipper delivered an honest appraisal of his performances since joining the club as he stated he knows he needs to do more.

Howard produced one of his best displays since joining from Reading in the summer in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Tranmere.

The 29-year-old’s pinpoint free-kick allowed Gabor Gyepes to head his side level after they fell behind in the first-half.

That was the sixth goal of the season he has carved out – placing him second in the division’s assists chart.

But Howard was realistic enough to know he should be performing at a more consistent level.

That is what he is demanding from himself and the rest of his team-mates to turn Pompey’s season around.

Howard said: ‘My form has been similar to the club, really – topsy turvy.

‘When the team has played well and got results, I’ve played well.

‘When we haven’t I haven’t, it’s as simple as that really.

‘I got an assist on Saturday and I’m up there around the top for assists in the division.

‘So that’s something I’m bringing to the team but I want to bring more.

‘I’m sure I can bring a lot more to the team and that’s what I want to do when things settle.

‘Tranmere was the first time in a while I was able to get on the ball and pick a pass.

‘I’ve been struggling with illness and blew up a bit.

‘But it was nice to get my foot on the ball and pass it.

‘When I’m able to do that I think the team plays better.

‘I demand that from myself and I’ve got to be better.

‘I’m sure that’s the case from everyone else because, when you look at the team, we shouldn’t be where we are.

‘We know that and Awfs and Guy have battered it into us.’

Pompey are looking towards the game against Preston this weekend in improving form after picking up two decent draws on the road in their last couple of outings.

There is the small matter of the High Court showdown first as the Trust and Portpin square off over the value of Fratton Park – the final piece in the jigsaw in the Trust’s efforts to take over the club.

Pompey are still nine games without a win, however, and Howard revealed the players have been reminded of the quality they possess by Guy Whittingham and Andy Awford.

Howard said: ‘We have been shown clips of good things we have done this season.

‘That reminded us we are good players,

‘When we lost those games we didn’t become bad players overnight.

‘There was something wrong, though, and Guy and Awfs are putting that right.

‘They are complimenting us and giving us a kick up the backside when we need it. There are positive signs there.’