Danny East revealed his surprise at the vociferous backing of Pompey supporters and admitted: I’ve never witnessed anything like it.
The versatile Blues man had not encountered the Fratton faithful prior to his summer switch south from Premier League Hull City.
But the 21-year-old, who enjoyed two previous spells in League Two with Gillingham and Northampton Town last season, confessed he has never seen such impassioned support.
East said: ‘I didn’t expect the fans to be as crazy as they are.
‘They are loud – for a League Two team I’ve never witnessed anything like it.
‘I was told the first day we would sell out Fratton Park and then to expect 10,000 to 12,000 fans at each game.
‘That’s been exceeded so far and it’s a great confidence boost for all of the players.
‘With away games, especially, it helps so much.
‘Tuesday night at Torquay our fans were the loudest in the ground and it felt like we were at home.
‘We’ve seen that time and time again here. They can persuade decisions to go our way – it does help.
‘Little things that go against you or with you the fans can help you out with.’
Pompey’s three League Two home games have recorded an average crowd of 16,527.
And East & Co can expect more impressive support tomorrow at Cheltenham – after selling all 1,550 tickets on offer.
East has admitted he would love to reward the travelling fans with a win.
He said: ‘Obviously you want to win games but when you’ve got a following like you have at Portsmouth – it’s for the fans, manager, staff and the whole club.
‘The whole club is great and has made me feel so welcome.
‘We all want to give them three points.’