Gary Owers is anxious for Argyle to find some form before 'Dockyard derby'
Plymouth Argyle's players and management staff are well aware of the fans' frustration at the recent poor results, assistant boss Gary Owers has admitted.
He hopes the Pilgrims can put smiles back on the faces of the supporters by beating Portsmouth in the League Two 'Dockyard derby' at Home Park on Saturday lunchtime.
Argyle have not won any of their last five games, including a 3-1 defeat away to arch-rivals Exeter City last Saturday.
The Sky-televised match against Portsmouth is a chance for the Pilgrims to try to lift the mood of despondency among the fans. Owers said: "You can feel it.
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"Football is all about enjoyment, for the players and the supporters, but you only get that when you are winning. Because we are not winning, we are all feeling everyone's disappointment.
"The best way to remedy that is by winning, and we are going to be on show on Saturday in front of the TV cameras and the nation.
"I'm sure all the players are looking forward to that and let's hope we can put on a good performance and get everyone smiling again."
It will be the first Football League meeting between Argyle and Portsmouth at Home Park since January 1, 1992.
Portsmouth have made two visits since then, but both were in the League Cup.
Owers said: "I worked at Portsmouth for two years, so I know all about their club. I know all about our club, so I'm looking forward to it myself.
"We need a win. We know that. We have got a home game and there will be a great atmosphere, there always is.
"I know that the supporters want us to do well and the players know that as well, so let's give them something to cheer about on Saturday."
Argyle have lost four of their last five fixtures, including Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at Swindon Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round.
The Pilgrims opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a goal from midfielder Andre Blackman, but could not hold on to that lead.
Jack Barthram equalised in the 19th minute and Nicky Ajose put Swindon ahead for good only 39 seconds after half-time.
Owers insisted: "There is certainly no lack of effort from our players at the minute. We just need a little bit more quality. We are our own worst enemies. We seem to be getting stuffed for every mistake that we make.
"We nicked an early goal [against Swindon] and we thought we might have gone on and done a bit better than we did in the first half after that good start."
He continued: "The lad gets the wrong side of Jamie [Reckord] and it's level and then straight after the [second-half] restart we are 2-1 down.
"That's a basic elementary mistake, really. We gave the ball away cheaply but, conceding straight after a restart, it's not the first time it has happened.
"We finished with a little bit of a flurry in the last ten minutes. We got down the sides and around the back of them.
"There were a few balls going across the face of the goal, but we couldn't get that final touch. That's what it's all about for us at the minute. We are trying to score more goals than we have done.
"It would be nice to win on Saturday and just breed a little bit of confidence."