Paul Jewell spoke of the bond between Pompey’s players and fans and admitted: We’re in for a rough ride.
The Ipswich manager knows his men will have to deal with an intimidating atmosphere tonight at Fratton Park.
Blues fans have shown they are ready to come out fighting in the wake of the club’s woes.
Jewell has noted a special relationship developing between the Pompey team and supporters in the face of testing times.
He said: ‘Every time I’ve been to Portsmouth the supporters have been up for it.
‘I remember going there with Bradford. We were 3-0 up at half-time but you’d have thought they were the team winning 3-0 – they just never stop singing.
‘They’ve been through an awful lot over the past few years and that’s created a bond between the players and the supporters, I think.
‘They’ve almost used that as a coming together.
‘We know it’s going to be a difficult atmosphere for us down there, but we have to stand up to it.
‘I think when you’re not getting paid it can go one way or another.’
Jewell also suggested he’d moved on from trying to sign the trio of Pompey players – Stephen Henderson, Jason Pearce and Joel Ward – he’d been trying to bring in last month.
He said: ‘They have a lot of good players, Portsmouth, and it’s been well documented that we made bids for some of them.
‘It didn’t happen, that’s football, that’s life, everybody moves on – they move on, we move on.’
– JORDAN CROSS