New recruit David Connolly surveyed the worst possible Pompey introduction but responded: I know exactly what I have let myself in for.
The 35-year-old former Republic of Ireland international signed a monthly contract on Friday as he replaced Izale McLeod.
Connolly then received Football League clearance to make his Blues debut as a substitute in the 5-0 battering at Swindon yesterday.
But the much-travelled striker, who has been a free agent since he was released by Southampton in the summer, has not turned up at Pompey for an easy ride.
He explained: ‘I don’t want to be here for only a month or to be involved in a relegation.
‘But we are in a real battle and I knew that when I was coming. I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.
‘It’s a big test but anyone knows that who is coming here and it is one not to be shied away from.
‘There are still a lot of points to play for but, make no mistake, it was a bad day.’
Connolly was introduced with Pompey 1-0 down and barely got a sight of goal as Swindon ran riot. But he is confident he will soon find his match sharpness.
He said: ‘I feel sharp in training and it’s just a matter of playing games now.
‘Last season I was playing for a team in the top two of the Championship but it will just take a bit of time to get up to speed and for everyone else to be pulling their weight as well.
‘I’m here to do the best that I can like I did at my previous clubs.
‘I want to be out there playing and hopefully I can get that first goal and then kick on from there.’