The long, hard road to re-establishing themselves in English football is slowly moving forward for Portsmouth. They’re still on course for a chance at returning to the Championship, but they’ll likely have to play the qualifiers to do so. Kenny Jackett’s side has shown enough heart and persistence to make sure they fight till the very last hurdle.
However, Portsmouth’s league-winning ambitions are slowly glimmering away. After being 10 points behind league leaders Luton Town, it seems very unlikely they can catch up to them. At one point, Pompey seemed favourite to win the League One, but poor form after the turn of the year doomed their dreams.
Ever since defeating Norwich City in the FA Cup, things have gone down for Jackett’s side. They are now winless in nine league games and knocked out of the FA Cup. The only competition they’re thriving at is the EFL Trophy, where they’ve progressed into the semi-finals and should take seriously.
Pompey face Bury on Tuesday night, the perfect fixture to end their disastrous run. They’ve drawn their last five games, despite being poised to win multiple times. Jackett needs to make sure his team find back their groove and pull off a strong win against Bury to progress into the EFL Trophy final.
While promotion to the EFL Championship is Portsmouth’s objective currently, they shouldn’t disregard the EFL trophy’s importance. Winning a trophy can validate a fairly successful season and bring joy to their loyal fans, who’ve been subjected to tough times in recent years.