Michael Appleton paid tribute to Pompey’s supporters after their amazing show of force at Blackpool.
Appleton admitted he had never seen anything like the backing his men were given by the blue army at Bloomfield Road tonight.
The 1,500 travelling fans delivered a passionate display from start to finish in the Sky-televised 1-1 draw.
They also undertook a ‘protest Poznan’ at the start of the second-half when they turned their back on play for two minutes and sung ‘Michael Appleton’s blue and white army’.
That was to highlight the club’s troubles and deliver a show of unity in front of the watching television cameras.
Appleton, quite simply, was blown away by their backing.
He said: ‘What can you say? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that.
‘They have travelled all the way up here and supported us like that.
‘That shows you how much they are behind this club.
‘They are going to be crucial to us in the coming weeks.’