It is an exciting time to be a Portsmouth fan, isn’t it?
After years of financial ruin and uncertainty in regards to the future of the club, it appears as if Pompey are finally on their way back to the big time.
Next week’s Checkatrade Trophy clash with Sunderland will be the first time that they have been back at Wembley Stadium since losing in the FA Cup final to Chelsea in 2010. According to The News, Pompey are expected to be backed by over 40,000 supporters in a game which is almost certain to break the attendance record for the competition which currently stands at 80, 451 (via the Express and Star).
Yet despite an understandable buzz around their visit to Wembley, it is extremely important that Kenny Jackett’s side do not overlook Saturday’s match against Shrewsbury Town. Currently fourth in League One, a victory at the Montgomery Waters Meadow could see Portsmouth move within one point of the automatic promotion positions. However, if they enter the game thinking solely about their game against Sunderland, they could suffer a defeat which may have to see them settle for the lottery that is the play-offs at the end of the season.
With a strong squad at his disposal, there is no reason why Jackett cannot lead his side to the double triumph of winning both promotion to the Championship and securing success in the Checkatrade trophy. Therefore, maintaining the same level of commitment in their game against the Salop is vital for Pompey as they look to continue their recent resurgence in form.
In terms of looking at the future for Portsmouth, it could be argued that a return to the Championship may be more financially viable in the long run than a one-off success at Wembley. However, fans will be keen to point out that during their seven-year stay in the Premier League, their greatest ever moment in recent history actually came at the home of the England national team as Nwankwo Kanu’s goal secured their first FA Cup triumph in 69 years back in 2008.
What do you think Pompey fans? Are you worried that your side may be overlooking their game against Shrewsbury at the weekend? Or would you settle for the play-offs if it meant winning the Checkatrade trophy? Let us know below.
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