The Checkatrade Trophy might not be at the top of Pompey’s list of priorities this season.
But Kenny Jackett is hungry for a victory over Charlton to halt a run of defeats that reached four with Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup exit.
They have found the net just once in that time – and that was a bizarre own-goal from Doncaster’s Mathieu Baudry.
So Jackett is well aware of what area Pompey need to improve if they are to engineer a change in fortunes.
The Blues boss said: “The bottom line in football is the result and we all understand that.
“We’re focusing on what the players have done well – which is a high number of things in the past few games.
"The number of goals for is frustrating at the moment for us and we’re determined to make that improve."
“There are many reasons why they can feel confident and keep the morale high, while we have to be better in key moments.
“We’re creating chances and taking them is something that we’re working on, as we do every week in training.
“Forward players will always want to do extra shooting as well, so it’s not something we necessarily need to up, but just keep persevering.
“The number of goals for is frustrating at the moment for us and we’re determined to make that improve.”
Jackett revealed that he will make changes for Pompey’s final group stage fixture, with Kal Naismith and Danny Rose among those set to return to the side.
He said: “We have a lot of players fit and available now, although we’re slightly unbalanced when you look at natural centre-backs.
“There will be opportunities for people at Charlton and we want them to make the most of that because there are places up for grabs.
“It’s a chance for us to put a losing run behind us and we have to recognise that, so we’ll have a good crack at returning to winning ways.
“We want to qualify for the latter stages if we can and have a chance to do that on Tuesday against a big club.”