At the turn of the year, Portsmouth looked dead-set to launch a serious challenge for their second promotion in three seasons having led the way at the top of League One by three points from Luton Town.
However, 2019 has seen Pompey’s form dissipate with Kenny Jackett’s side winning just two of their eleven fixtures in the league, a run which has seen them fall down to fourth in the table behind the likes of Barnsley and Sunderland.
After squandering their lead at the top of the table, Portsmouth are now eight points below the automatic promotion places and barring a miraculous run of form will have to settle for a place in the play-offs this season.
January signings James Vaughan and Omar Bogle have both failed to make the impact that was expected from them upon arrival whilst defensively Jackett’s side have been poor, conceding 15 goals in their last ten games.
The former Rotherham boss moved to Fratton Park in 2017 following the departure of Paul Cook to Wigan Athletic and is under contract at the club until 2021 after signing an extension to his original deal last season.
Despite challenging for promotion throughout the current campaign, a failure to achieve this goal could put Jackett’s future at Portsmouth in doubt, especially when you consider the nature of how quickly things have unravelled on the south coast.
If Pompey enter the play-offs carrying the form that are currently demonstrating, they will struggle to compete and so it is important that they build momentum over the next six weeks.
One fixture in particular stands-out from the rest as Jackett’s side have the opportunity to win the EFL Trophy on March 31st when they face Sunderland at Wembley Stadium.
Whereas a victory in the final could set the club up for a barnstorming end to the season, a defeat will just add to their issues in League One which could eventually culminate in a decision being made over the future of their manager.
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