BEN CHORLEY could feel the optimism at a positive return from the trip to league leaders Chesterfield.
But the Pompey captain isn’t getting excited – not until a promising away draw is turned into a string of good results.
Richie Barker’s side served up an excellent display at the Proact Stadium on Monday night, with his side deserving better than a 0-0 draw.
The response from fans has been universally encouraging in the wake of that display.
But Chorley highlighted that result – which followed a 1-0 win against Accrington – counts for little if it isn’t carried forward into tomorrow’s clash with Cheltenham.
He said: ‘We’ve got a win and then a draw against a good team.
‘Now we go into Cheltenham on Saturday in good form.
‘Going forward, that’s how it’s going to need to be and how we need to be.
‘We need to scrap and we’re showing that after the Scunthorpe defeat.
‘We need to get three, four or five games down the line, and be in a run all of a sudden.
‘Chesterfield now gives us a springboard going into Saturday.
‘We can get ourselves on a run very quickly.
‘It’s two games but can be four, five and six quickly.
‘Then we aren’t talking about relegation anymore.
‘If we can be tucked in mid-table by April, we will be very happy.
‘That’s what we need to do for the area and for the fans.’
Chorley underlined a win and draw in the past two games sees his team go into tomorrow’s game in confident mood.
And with a good turnout expected at Fratton Park, the 31-year-old is expecting to see the feel-good factor continue.
Chorley said: ‘The fans were excellent at Chesterfield again.
‘Hopefully, on Saturday, there are 14 or 15,000 fans there and we can go and get a result for them.
‘We don’t look too far down the line but we’ve got some big games coming up and some good games.
‘We aren’t going in to nick a result on Saturday. We are going in with massive confidence.
‘If we can get a result Saturday and then go into Tuesday against Burton, all of a sudden we are climbing up the league at a rapid rate.’