Pompey made the decision to go ahead with Saturday’s match against Gillingham, despite having the option to postpone because of international call-ups.
Boss Kenny Jackett did not want another game to rearrange, having already seen three fall by the wayside this term.
But for Brett Pitman, there was another reason for wanting the League One contest to remain as scheduled.
The striker – who netted the winner against Bolton in the Blues’ last Fratton fixture – was simply keen to avoid a dull Saturday.
“It’s boring when you haven’t got a match at the weekend,” he says in the official matchday magazine for the Gills clash.
“I’m not saying you’re training without a purpose, but it’s not leading to anything – there isn’t something to look forward to at the end of the week.
"Most people don’t like it when their routines are broken and we’re exactly the same."
“You want that release of a game on a Saturday because that’s what you will ultimately get judged on.
"It will be exactly the same for the supporters, who have that routine of a family day out or going to the pub beforehand with their mates.
“Most people don’t like it when their routines are broken and we’re exactly the same. It does throw you a bit, so we’re pleased that the Gillingham match is on.”
To read the full interview – where Pitman also discusses the level of expectancy that accompanies playing for Pompey – pick up your copy of the magazine from programme sellers around the ground.
Also in issue nine, Gareth Evans reveals his bests and worsts, while Ryan Williams selects his dream dinner party guests.
We take an extensive look at Gillingham, while there are exclusive columns from chief executive Mark Catlin, manager Kenny Jackett, skipper Tom Naylor and broadcaster Ian Darke.
All this and much, much more can be found in a packed 84 pages, with the programme priced just £3.