Following two Championship play-offs that saw drama, late goals and red cards, a lot was expected from Portsmouth’s second-leg tie against Sunderland.
There was drama, sure, but the game in the long-term will only be remembered by neutrals as a match where fans kicked at a Sunderland player after falling into the crowd, and for Portsmouth supporters, it will be the most painful 0-0 they will experience in some time.
Kenny Jackett’s side looked hungry and confident enough to overturn a 1-0 deficit at Fratton Park and book their ticket to Wembley for the second time this season, but when faced against an inform Jon McLaughlin in between the sticks, it was always going to be an uphill battle.
With no promotion, the future looks somewhat bleak for Portsmouth. Heading into the summer transfer window, it will be difficult for the club to keep hold of star names due to interest from Championship clubs, and if players walk, Pompey could find it hard to replace the quality they have done well to create and retain in recent seasons.
Although the short-term consequences of losing in the play-off semi-final will be damaging for Portsmouth, as the months’ progress and the new League One season kicks-off, things will begin to turn around for the club.
If Portsmouth are able to bring in money from player sales and continue to bring in names that can improve the first-team, Pompey will find themselves fighting for promotion yet again in the division, with a top-two finish a realistic goal for next season.
Progressing against Sunderland in the play-offs was always going to be a difficult task for Portsmouth to overcome, especially after losing the first-leg, but if Pompey are able to weather the storm that is the summer transfer window and recruit well, there is no question Jackett and regroup his team, and push for promotion again next season.
Portsmouth fans, can Pompey rebound next season? Let us know!
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