One of the benefits of Pompey’s scintillating start to the season is being able to field a fairly settled side.
But Ben Close knows that everyone will need to be ready to shine if they are to achieve their ultimate goal.
The midfielder has been a regular in recent weeks, helping the Blues extend their unbeaten league record to 11 games.
And Close is impressed with the group that manager Kenny Jackett has been able to put together this season.
“We’ve got strength in depth and cover in all areas of the pitch,” he says in the official matchday magazine for Saturday’s match.
“You look at the bench and even the guys that aren’t currently making the squad, and you can see how much quality there is.
“At any point, those players who haven’t been involved much recently will be ready to step in and do a job.
"You look at the bench and even the guys that aren’t currently making the squad, and you can see how much quality there is."
“Part of being a footballer is that there will be times when you’re not on the pitch – everyone goes through it. You just need to keep your head up and be prepared to take the chance when it comes along.
“We picked up some good players over the summer and that will help in our aim to improve on last season.
“We’re not looking too far ahead and are just focusing on the next game, but we know what we want to achieve.”
To read the full interview – where Close also discusses Pompey’s recovery from the dark days – pick up a copy of the magazine from programme sellers around the ground.
Also in issue eight, Brandon Haunstrup reveals his firsts and lasts, while Jamal Lowe has his general knowledge put to the test.
Fans can read exclusive columns from Mark Catlin, Kenny Jackett and Brett Pitman, while we continue to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pompey’s first top-flight title success with a detailed look at the 1948/49 campaign.
There is also an in-depth analysis of Gillingham, an interview with former Blues and Gills inside-forward Bill Albury and much, much more in a packed 84 pages.
And remember not to miss an issue this season, with the spine of magazine revealing a fantastic picture as the campaign progresses.
You can pick up your copy for just £3 from programme sellers around the ground.