Portsmouth currently sit in the League One play-off places, and with two games in hand on Wycombe and Rotherham, automatic promotion is still well and truly on the cards for Kenny Jackett’s men.
Pompey have won eight games in succession in all competitions, and remain unbeaten in the league at Fratton Park so far this campaign.
Their recent form is a massive contrast to the inconsistencies that were on show at the start of the season, when Pompey languished in the bottom half of the League One table.
However, there is still time for a spanner to be thrown in the works between now and May. We look at three possible things that could derail Pompey’s promotion push…
Continuation of inconsistent away form
This has been Pompey’s biggest problem so far this season.
Their inconsistent form away from home needs to be addressed, otherwise we could be talking about another missed opportunity for Pompey come the end of the campaign.
In total, Pompey have won four out if their thirteen away games in the league. Recently, the slump has been alleviated, with no defeats in four on their travels.
However, if their poor form on the road returns, it could cost the side valuable points.
A serious injury to Ronan Curtis
The 23-year-old, who recently signed a new deal at Pompey, has been the side’s best player this season, with a total of thirteen goals from the left wing.
His 11 league goals this term is a higher tally than both John Marquis and Ellis Harrison combined.
One worry that Portsmouth fans will have is the potential for Curtis to sustain a serious injury between now and the end of the season, as it could have a catastrophic effect on the side’s attacking output.
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Losing the dressing room
Thursday’s revelations that Brett Pitman has been frozen out of the first-team picture and forced to train with AFC Bournemouth’s under-23’s could have a negative effect on the dressing room atmosphere at the club.
It poses a potential pitfall for Kenny Jackett and Pompey in the coming months at Fratton Park.
Pitman has been at the club for the last two-and-a-half-seasons and is likely to have forged a good relationship with his teammates, who may be disappointed at the way he has been treated.