PORTLAND United boss Callum Brooks will ignore all distractions in search of a precious victory at Baffins Milton Rovers today (3pm).

Brooks intends to focus on his players, rather than the quality of 2019 League Cup winners Rovers, as the Blues seek a first win of the new Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division season.

Brooks also reiterated his point that there are no easy games at the Wessex League, regardless of opposition.

He told Echosport: “I’ve got to try and control the mentality, the personnel, the learning – so I won’t be too wrapped up in (Baffins).

“I’ll just get my boys ready and enjoy the journey.

“I played (Baffins) when I was at Hamworthy and they were a young side that really tried to play.

“How many easy games would you get at this level?

“Not many – that’s what people don’t understand about football.

“If the big moments go for you, you’ve got every chance of coming out the right side of it if the mentality is right.

“(Tuesday) I looked around the group and it was the comfiest I’ve felt that the mentality is right.

“It’s little changes that are happening behind the scenes and they will pay dividends long-term.

“This is a long-term project. (Today) brings new challenges but ones we’re looking forward to.”

Lewis Whyton (hamstring) is a doubt, but Ross Carmichael (knee) is out. Sam Buckler returns and new striker Eder Batista could feature.