PORTSMOUTH may be unbeaten at home all season while Accrington Stanley are on a run of four games without a win but Joe Pritchard insists the Reds can upset the form guide - and use their first meeting as inspiration.

John Coleman’s side produced one of their performances of the season back in December when Pompey arrived in East Lancashire with high hopes but departed as 4-1 losers.

The victory came in the middle of Stanley’s best run of the season - a seven-match unbeaten streak that also included a 7-1 thumping of Bolton Wanderers.

Pritchard is all to aware that the Reds’ current run of form is a worry but says Kenny Jackett’s side will be wary of the threat that Stanley pose.

“Football is about momentum, teams in the lower half can beat teams in the higher positions,” he said. “It’s one of the things about football, it doesn’t matter where you are, it’s who plays the better on a certain day.

“They will know not to underestimate us but we will go into the game positive.”

Since that Stanley defeat, Portsmouth have lost just four of their 16 League One games to climb to fourth place in the table.

But Pritchard says the Reds should use Portsmouth’s record and home form at Fratton Park to their advantage.

“We have got to use it,” said the winger. “We know they have a good home record, they are a good team with some brilliant players.

“They came to us and we beat them 4-1 on the day and we were by far the better team on the day and there is no reason why we can’t do it again.

“They’ll have a better idea in their head but every game is different, we have ways of adapting the way we play and you can never guess how a team is going to play.”

The Reds haven’t won in four league games and still have the threat of relegation hanging over them.

“It is always in the back of your mind,” said the 23-year-old. “When you are playing well it creeps out of your mind and then, if you lose a game, it’s suddenly back there.

“After every game, especially if you lose, you look at the table, look at other results and then see how important the next few games are.”