Brett Pitman is loving life at Portsmouth as they attempt to win promotion to the Championship this season, per The News.
Pompey are in fine form, beating Coventry City 2-1 at the weekend, their seventh successive victory in the league.
They are currently third in the League One table, two points behind second-placed Barnsley, but they have a game in hand on the Tykes.
Pompey face a massive game this weekend against Sunderland who are fourth, just two points further back, before taking on Peterborough and Accrington Stanley.
Winning all three games would see Kenny Jackett’s men promoted automatically and Pitman, who helped AFC Bournemouth win promotion to the Championship in 2012-13 after a run of eight successive victories, is relishing the pressure.
He said: “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.
“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.”
He added: “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.
“Sunderland’s going to be a tough game, but it’s in our own hands now.”
This will be music to the ears of every single Portsmouth fan.
Most Pompey supporters surely have no fingernails left, such has been their run of form this season.
Three wins stand between the club and the Championship and Pitman’s insistence that he does not feel nerves is exactly what the club needs.
In the club’s last eight games, he has scored six goals.
If he keeps that form up, Pompey may well take those vital nine points from a possible nine.