Joe Mattock surveyed his imminent return to his old stomping ground and told Leicester fans: I don’t care if you boo me.
The 21-year-old left-back has done a steady job for Pompey since arriving on loan from West Brom and is keen to extend his stay to the end of the season.
After coming through the Leicester ranks, Mattock was given a hostile reception from Leicester’s supporters when he made his Blues debut at Fratton Park last month, having left the Foxes for West Brom in a controversial move in 2009.
And Mattock is expecting more flak during tomorrow’s lunchtime showdown.
He said: ‘It’s definitely special to play them.
‘The first game when I came here was against Leicester and I think everyone saw the tension against me.
‘They were all booing like mad but I’m really looking forward to it.
‘I don’t expect them not to boo me but I think now it’s getting a bit less.
‘When I first left, I used to get booed a lot more than I do now, so I think it’s starting to calm down a bit.
‘Their fans love their club and, to be honest, I didn’t leave on the best of terms. But time moves on.
‘As you play them a bit more, you cope with the situation a bit better.
‘You don’t listen to the boos and you just concentrate on your own game.’
Mattock has reiterated his desire to extend his loan stay from West Brom beyond January 2 – even if a potential deal remains up in the air.
He said: ‘I’m not too sure at the moment but I’d like to stay until the end of the season, no doubt about that.
‘I’m really settled, I’m enjoying playing and training and enjoying being around the lads.
‘It would be nice to be here and see where we end up at the end of the season.’