Sean Raggett believes a brief break in Pompey’s relentless schedule can provide a welcome boost.
With no midweek contest to negotiate, the squad have been able to hone their game-plan on the training pitch.
There were plenty of positives in their most recent outing at Accrington, although a dominant display only yielded a single point.
So Raggett now hopes there will be a lot more to celebrate when Bolton visit the south coast on Saturday.
The defender said: “There have been a lot of games, so you don’t always get much time to really work on things in training.
“But we’ve been able to get out on the pitches all of this week and concentrate on some aspects that can help us.
“It was a much more positive display at Accrington last Saturday and now we have to build on that result.
"We’ve been able to get out on the pitches all of this week and concentrate on some aspects that can help us."
“Bolton look a really strong side and will still have that high from winning promotion at the end of last season.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game between two very big clubs – I’m sure the atmosphere will be as great as always.”
Danny Cowley has utilised a back three in recent weeks, but Connor Ogilvie’s return to fitness saw him switch to a four-man defence at the Crown Ground.
Raggett: “I’ve got more experience of that formation, but I personally feel comfortable in either of those systems.
“Having Connor back – who has experience of being in the middle of defence – has definitely helped us change back.
“We’ve obviously lost Clark Robertson and we’d played together briefly before at Rotherham, so already had the start of a partnership.
“It was frustrating that he got injured, but these things happen in football and you’ve just got to adapt. It can’t be an excuse.”