HAVING fired home a deserved late winner in the last game, Jamie Paterson can't wait for Friday's televised clash with Portsmouth to come around (kick-off 7.45pm).
"It was a great three points against Stevenage," he said. "We had to work hard and battle it out, but it was a deserved win in the end. We rose to the challenge and I was delighted to get the winning goal.
"We've scored some impressive individual and team goals so far this season. We have the players here who can create chances and we'll always be a threat in attacking situations.
"There is so much belief amongst the lads; we always knew that our fortunes would change in terms of results because our performances have never been that bad. I can honestly say that there has never been any negativity around the training ground."
Paterson's goal against Stevenage takes him to seven for the season so far, a good return for a wide-man. "At the start of the season I set a target of ten, but I may have to revise that now," added the youth team product. "I enjoy scoring goals and am pleased to be on seven at this stage. I don't mind how they come as long as they help the team pick up points.
"To get three points live on the telly on Friday evening would be great. We passed Portsmouth off the park at their place earlier in the season and came home with a deserved win. Hopefully we can do the same this time around and achieve what would be an impressive double over them.
"The atmosphere at Fratton Park was one of the best that I have played in; their fans really get behind the team and I'm sure they'll bring a decent vocal following here. But we have a young side who will rise to this occasion and as long as we work hard and stay focussed, we'll give ourselves every chance of taking the points.
"We can take a lot of confidence from our performances over Christmas and we'll take it into Friday's game."
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