Portsmouth may have had a slump following the turn of the year some four months ago, but by god, have they hit top form now and it could not have come at a better time for the Fratton Park outfit.
Kenny Jackett’s side have managed to pick up five wins on the bounce (with their victory in the EFL Trophy Final one of those) and have firmly propelled themselves back into the race for automatic promotion to the Championship.
So, what does the future hold for Portsmouth’s chances of being able to secure that final spot (as Luton Town appear to have locked down their place in England’s second tier already)?
Well, of the six fixtures they still have remaining to play, they will have to be at their very best and can ill-afford any slip-ups along the way.
Big contributions from the likes of Brett Pitman, Jamal Lowe and Ronan Curtis are going to be needed in the final six games if they are to avoid play-off action.
Next up for Jackett’s side is a home clash against a struggling Rochdale side as they are fighting bravely against relegation from the division. Although there are no easy games at this stage of a campaign, it is one the south-coast outfit must look to take three points from.
A trip to Burton Albion follows where they will find themselves against a team who still harbour an outside chance of obtaining a spot in the play-offs, but they will need plenty of results over the remaining few games to go heavily in their favour.
Pompey return to Fratton Park to take on Coventry City just days before a possible expulsion from the EFL for the Sky Blues, so Jackett’s side must look to take advantage of what is a truly dire situation at the Ricoh Arena.
Sunderland kick off a challenging two games in which could potentially decide Portsmouth’s fate, with the trip to the Stadium of Light followed up by Peterborough United, before a home clash on the final day of the season to Accrington Stanley, who with the way the league has panned out, could be fighting for their lives in League One.
Barnsley’s failure to win at the weekend will have helped their fight, however, the Black Cats could have something to say – making their meeting on Wearside all the more important and a massive ‘six-pointer’.
As mentioned, Portsmouth’s purple patch has really come at a great time for Jackett’s side, however, it is up to them to make it count when it comes down to the last day of the season and the final standings in the league table.
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