RYAN TAYLOR believes tomorrow’s sell-out showdown with Bristol Rovers is critical for both sides.
Pompey go into the clash with The Gas looking to all but secure their place in the Football League next season.
It’s a huge day for Darrell Clarke’s side – and they could be in the bottom two for the game with their rivals playing tonight.
Andy Awford’s men leapt to 16th in the table following the win over Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend.
But with second-from-bottom Northampton putting back-to-back wins together, the gap to safety still remains five points.
So Taylor believes tomorrow’s game is still a huge one for the Blues.
The 25-year-old is looking forward to sampling a sell-out crowd.
And he feels the onus is on the players to motivate them to deliver the feverish atmosphere of the past two games.
Taylor said: ‘Bristol Rovers isn’t going to be easy because they are fighting for it.
‘But we are looking forward to it and full of confidence.
‘It was a massive win last weekend. The gap is still five points, though, so there’s still a bit of work to do.
‘We have been ready to go again this week.
‘There will be a few fans at the game – there always is at home. So we will enjoy the atmosphere.
‘We need to get the fans behind us again like we’ve been doing in the past couple of games.
‘It makes a massive difference to have that.
‘It’s a huge game for them, but we look at it as the same.
‘We put pressure on ourselves.’
Three wins on the bounce means Pompey are on their best run of results since 2011, when Steve Cotterill was manager.
Taylor is unsure how many points it will take Pompey to officially secure their place in the Football League.
But he knows that confidence is thriving after putting Dagenham & Redbridge to the sword last weekend.
Now, it’s about keeping the belief flowing against a side with the poorest away record in the division.
Taylor said: ‘We’re not safe yet, but we are starting to enjoy ourselves now.
‘We need to win as many games as we can.
‘If we do that we will be safe.
‘I think it looked really good last weekend.
‘It was a pleasing performance and it was pleasing to do that for the fans, who were brilliant.
‘We got three wins under our belt but we need to keep going.
‘With the way we’re playing we’ll be looking up the league rather than behind us if we keep up those standards.
‘You’d think the teams at the bottom can’t keep winning.
‘But if we keep doing things right and keep those standards up we should be okay.’