Portsmouth striker Brett Pitman has revealed that previous success in the play-offs is spurring his fight for promotion with Pompey.
Pitman was a winner in the play-offs with Bournemouth at this level, putting together a remarkable eight game winning run which resulted in them being promoted to the Championship.
Pompey are on a similar run at the moment, having previously slipped out of the top two. They’ve won seven in a row and victory in their game in hand over Barnsley would lift them into the top two.
The 31-year-old believes that the players need to ride the wave of good form and enjoy every minute of their tremendous run in.
“At Bournemouth, when we went up from League One we won eight in a row – then drew the final game when we already had promotion,” he told Portsmouth.co.uk.
“It’s one of those when you just ride the wave and enjoy it. Some people might feel pressure, I don’t really feel the pressure, this is what you want to be, you don’t want to be mid-table with nothing to play for. You want to enjoy this time.”
Looking ahead to the weekend, Pitman sees the clash with Sunderland as a huge encounter but concedes at this stage of the season, all games are massive.
“Of course next week is a massive game, we are under no illusions, we know that, but it’s a massive game for Sunderland too. At this stage of the season, if you have something to play for then they are all big games, whoever you play.”
After the clash with the Black Cats, Pompey face two home fixtures, one against Peterborough United and finally, Accrington Stanley.
Portsmouth looked out of the automatic race at one point, but they’ve been relentless recently and have lifted a trophy at Wembley as well as winning their seven matches on the bounce.
With the form they’re in, other sides will hope they do finish second because nobody would fancy meeting them in a play-off semi-final.