Manchester City loanee Kean Bryan believes Richie Wellens has made a huge impact since taking the temporary reigns at Oldham Athletic.
Bryan was moved to a defensive position in Wellens’ first game in charge and he spoke highly of the interim boss.
He said: “When I first came in, Richie was the first person I met.
“He showed me around the changing room, introduced me to the lads and that’s the kind of person he is.
“He makes you feel very comfortable but if you are doing something wrong, he isn’t scared about getting in your face and he is very vocal.
“He makes every player know what he wants them to do individually but as a person, he is nice and I look forward to working with him.”
Summing up the week so far, the 20-year-old replied: “It’s been a mix of emotions this week but Tuesday night was a big win and it was good to get it in front of the home fans.
“I think they deserve it, especially after what happened in the previous game against Rotherham.
“It was a massive struggle and we were all gutted after the game. We were gutted Shez had to leave, he was good with us but Richie came in and he told us what he wanted before the game and I think we showed a lot of fight on Tuesday night.
“We were on the front foot, first to every second ball and managed to pick up the result.”
Fratton Park is the destination for Latics this weekend and Bryan believes his side can take the game to Portsmouth.
“It will be a tough game,” he admitted. “It’s a big stadium and they will have a lot of fans in attendance but, like Tuesday, anything can happen.
“Anyone can beat anyone in this division and if we go there with a good mentality then we can get a good result.
“Portsmouth are a big club but we won’t be going there to sit back, we will be going there and try and get in their faces and get the result for the fans.”