JED WALLACE stressed the importance of quickly nipping Pompey’s winless run in the bud.
The midfielder has warned his team of the psychological dangers of letting a sequence without victory linger.
When you get on a run you feel unstoppable.Jed Wallace
Wallace wants to see the momentum built in a powerful of form in February resurface, with Luton arriving at Fratton Park on Saturday.
Four wins and two draws saw Andy Awford pick up manager-of-the-month plaudits last month.
That came at the end of nine games without a win, as the Blues’ form fluctuated.
Wallace knows how quickly a string of bad results can set in, with his side drawing against Oxford and Accrington as well as losing at Northampton, in their last three outings.
Now he’s calling on Pompey to build the kind of irresistible momentum which powered them up the league at the end of last season.
Wallace said: ‘Football is my life.
‘I live in the city and when things are going well and you win games, everything else seems to take care of itself.
‘When you get on a run you feel unstoppable. We need to get back to that.
‘When things aren’t going well, or you aren’t going well personally, it’s not nice.
‘I’ve had spells where it’s been like that.
‘Too many times we’ve done well and not got results this season. That can’t happen anymore.
‘When you haven’t won for six or seven you feel like you are never going to win again.’
Despite a trio of games without three points, Wallace is confident Pompey still have impetus going into the meeting with a Luton side who have lost four of their last five.
League Two’s player of the month for February feels the progress the side is making can be seen.
He highlighted the impact of players coming off the bench – like Andy Barcham, Craig Westcarr and Wes Fogden – are having.
Wallace said: ‘We’ve turned a corner.
‘It has been said a lot at this place, though.
‘But I think you can say we look a better side.
‘We’ve been in games where we’ve shown character.
‘It’s coming from the manager down to the players.
‘The boys coming off the bench are changing games now.
‘We’ve seen that, especially with the likes of Westy (Westcarr) and Barchy (Barcham). Foggy (Fogden) is back in the fold, too.
‘We’re looking forward still.’