Neil Critchley hopes a hectic fixture schedule will bring out the best in his side, as the players get back to the rhythm of playing regular matches again.
A midweek victory against Rochdale dusted off a few cobwebs after 10 days without a game, and Pool’s Head Coach hopes a lack of interruption from here on in will allow the team to flourish.
“We’ve now got a run of games where we’ve got to find that rhythm and that consistency in our performance,” he said. “That is something that we’re aspiring to do. If we can do that, then we’ve shown already this season that we can beat the best teams in this league.”
One of those sides referred to is this weekend’s opponents Portsmouth, who the Seasiders recorded a 1-0 victory against in December.
“I think that was their first away defeat of the season and we had to play very well that night to win the game. We were deserved winners on the night, and it’s shown that we’re capable of beating them.
“However, away from home you know it’s a different proposition and they’ve lost in the week, so they’ll be looking to bounce back, but we’re in good form and are playing well. It makes for an exciting game.”
While taking his seat in the dugout at Fratton Park, there will be a notable absence on the home bench with Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett undergoing some surgery.
“Personally, and as a club, we wish Kenny all the best and hope that everything goes well. We wish him a speedy recovery,” Critchley added.