Luke Varney admitted he can’t wait to sample Fratton Park’s bearpit atmosphere at full force.
Varney makes his home league debut for Pompey tomorrow against Brighton in the south coast showdown.
The striker had never played at Fratton Park before arriving at the club from Derby County.
He has had two tastes of that now – in the pre-season friendly with Chelsea and Tuesday’s Carling Cup defeat against Barnet.
But the 27-year-old can’t wait to feel the Fratton faithful roaring on his side in the league for the first time.
Varney said: ‘I’ve never played here before I joined the club.
‘My first game was the Chelsea game, so I’m looking forward to playing at a full stadium in the league.
‘It’s going to be thriving and I can’t wait.
‘Even in a friendly against Chelsea you could get a feel of what it is going to be like.
‘I’m sure the fans will do everything possible to get us going.
‘So it’s down to us to give them a performance they can be happy about.’
Brighton will be in bullish mood for the game, with two wins from two outings so far and moving to a new stadium at Falmer.
But Varney wants to see his team come out at full throttle.
He reckons that could make the Championship new boys wilt.
He said: ‘They’ll be confident but we want to put it on them and get a good start to the game.
‘We want to get on the front foot and put them under a lot of pressure.
‘They aren’t going to be used to the Championship every week and we’ve got a strong, experienced squad.
‘If we can start well and put a bit of pressure on them we can see how they react.’