Pompey are ready to show the nation they are up for the fight at Blackpool tomorrow.
Blues boss Michael Appleton has issued the rallying cry to his troops ahead of the televised tea-time trip to Bloomfield Road (5.20pm kick-off), with the club’s financial woes seemingly set to plunge them into administration.
While Appleton has braced himself for what comes his way, he believes the players are focused on football and ready to stand up to the latest episode of the crisis against Ian Holloway’s men.
He said: ‘With the game being on Sky, it’s an opportunity to put all of the worries behind us, show the country that we are united and, whatever happens or whatever gets thrown at us over the next couple of months, show everyone that we are ready for a fight.
‘I looked all of the players in the eyes in the dressing room before training and probably got a bit aggressive myself.
‘I’m certainly ready for a fight and I hope they all are, too.’
Appleton has already shown he has the stomach for a battle and has warned not to underestimate his men.
He said: ‘People will look at their betting coupon and think it will be a nice home win. We certainly don’t see it that way.
‘Birmingham were on fine form and Blackpool are the same.
‘But I’ve been looking at the stats and it’s incredible the number of games that they win in the last 10 minutes.
‘On the flip side to that, we have to look at the amount of goals that we’ve conceded in the last 10 minutes of games recently.
‘At the minute, everybody seems to be here for the fight.’