Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill will demand one final effort from his team against Pompey tomorrow before they say farewell to the Championship.
The Iron’s fate was sealed last week following a 5-1 hammering by Nottingham Forest.
But Knill does not want them to finish bottom of the table.
And, to ensure that, his side could need all three points against Pompey.
He said: ‘What I am looking for from my team more than anything is for them to compete.
‘I was disappointed with us again at Nottingham Forest last week.
‘It was a reflection really on what has been a poor season for us.
‘We played quite well in patches and had a couple of chances early on but could not put them away.
‘The reason we are going down is because we have conceded too many goals – and we conceded some poor ones again at Forest.
‘Of course it is disappointing to be relegated but I have to say the writing was on the wall a long time ago.
‘I know some people might not like to hear it but sometimes it is better to go down.
‘That gives you a chance to take stock of what has gone wrong and why – and try not to be in that situation again.
‘But tomorrow’s game is one I want to try and win.
‘That’s the aim.’
As it stands, Preston are bottom of the table.
Scunthorpe are currently above them – one point behind Sheffield United and with a worse goal difference.