Phil Brown says his players must deal with the big crowd, but is confident of another important win
Blues boss Phil Brown says his side have a responsibility to quell the vocal Portsmouth support on Tuesday night.
Around 15,000 will be at Fratton Park on Tuesday night as the hosts look to get back to winning ways, while Blues look to make it five straight wins.
Brown believes his side will need to do their best to silence the crowd, and is expecting a good footballing test against Pompey.
“It’s a fabulous venue to be going to play your football,” Brown said. “They’ve got a fantastic group of supporters who will be right behind them.
“It’s our responsibility to keep the crowd quiet and hopefully turn 15,000 fans against their side on the night.
“We’ve got to do that as a group by playing good football and playing the way we’ve been doing in recent games.
“We are going into every match looking forward to it at the moment full of belief. We just want the game to get started, that’s the feeling I’m getting from the group.”
Brown believes there are positives and negatives to take from another game coming so soon after Saturday’s dramatic win against York City.
He added: “There are positives to take from it and negatives. We have a small squad so it makes it tougher to manage the players with three games in a week.
“But we’re getting bodies back available, it’s just a shame Kevan Hurst won’t be eligible to play because of suspension.
“But the players are full of confidence and we’ve got some real momentum behind us at the moment.
“We’ve beaten York thanks to a last minute goal but we played for 40 minutes with ten men so we may have to make a couple more changes tomorrow – there’s one or two with niggling injuries.”
Blues won’t just to deal with the big crowd at Fratton Park says Brown, who is expecting a tough test against Portsmouth – despite their poor run of form.
“The manager has obviously left on Monday,” he said. “So the players will all want to impress the new manager tomorrow night and we’ll have to be prepared for that.
“There is an element of wounded animal inside them, they play good football so we’ll have to match them for hard work and then hopefully our quality will shine through.”