Jack King tells PNE.Com the Lilywhites want to head into the new year on a high.
“The lads who have come in have done well, we have a superb squad and it was nice to get a run out against Stoke, they had a strong team out and it was nice to get the win.”
“We played at Stoke on Tuesday, personally it was nice to get some minutes under my belt. A lot of the lads who didn’t play last weekend were involved and it is always nice to keep ticking over.
“The conditions are cold at the moment but it is the same for both teams, I assume it will be a decent surface at Fratton Park. It is a lovely stadium and there will be a good crowd, we are looking forward to the game and it is a match we need to build from.
Ready for whatever the weather may be, King revealed that the squad will be heading into the game in a positive frame of mind after a 1-0 win at Stoke City on Tuesday in a behind closed door game, with Michael Owen starting for the Potters.
With conditions currently icy in Preston, the weather is forecasted to be different on the south coast, with temperatures expected to reach 11 degrees.
“Plenty of teams have made a late charge in the past, December is a busy month and we will be looking to kick on and get the results that we need, we want to go into the new year on a high.”
We are not where we want to be at this time but having said that there is plenty of time to get back up there.
“We will be looking to do that on Saturday at Portsmouth, we know it is going to be tough but we will go there right and we are looking to get the win.
“We have shown at times with the Stevenage and Doncaster results and the performance at Tranmere that we can go to other grounds and get results.
The former Woking man continued: “Whether we are at home or away we believe we can pick up results anywhere.
King, who scored the first goal in the win at Doncaster just over two months ago, is adamant there is still plenty of time for the Club to get back to where they want to be this season.
On the road this season, North End have delivered a number of positive displays including wins at promotion hopefuls Stevenage and Doncaster.
“It is a big game following last weekend, all the lads know we let ourselves down and we have to react.”
“It is a long journey down south but we have prepared for the game correctly,” said PNE’s number 22.
However it is a journey which doesn’t faze King, and he revealed North End will be looking to react following last weekend’s home defeat against Crewe Alexandra.
King and his North End team mates will make one of their longest trips of the season this weekend, travelling over 250 miles south to Portsmouth.