Miles Storey believes the prospect of playing at Wembley acted as an extra incentive for Pompey in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success at Yeovil Town.
The Blues turned in an excellent performance – particularly in the second half – as they notched a 3-1 victory at a club who were playing Championship football last season.
But while some have dismissed the competition as a nuisance rather than a priority, the Pompey forward revealed that there was the added motivation, even at the first hurdle of the tournament.
Storey said: ‘It’s a brilliant opportunity.
‘You don’t know how many chances you will ever get to play at Wembley and you aren’t too many games away from playing there.
‘It’s the best football stadium in the world.
‘I think you’ve got to think about that, even in the first round.
‘We’ve got to go into this competition thinking we can win it.
‘We have got a lot of quality here so there is no reason why we can’t.
‘If we carry on doing what we did in this game, there is nothing to be afraid of.’
After Jed Wallace’s classy double, Storey then provided the assist for Craig Westcarr’s lobbed third.
Storey said: ‘He couldn’t really miss it because I put it on a plate for him!
‘No, it was a great finish and he has got that in his locker.
‘Westie is a clever forward so I know what sort of ball he likes to feed off.
‘I’m glad I got the assist but he did all the hard work.
‘It’s a hard place to come and they have just come down from the Championship into League One.
‘It was a brilliant win.’