Portsmouth picked up a 3-2 win this weekend against Wycombe Wanderers, a result which left them back in the automatic promotion hunt at the top of League One.
It was a hard-fought game in which a Brett Pitman double separated the two sides. He struck immediately after half time and again on the hour mark to ensure that Pompey remain in the hunt for a top two place.
The one-time League One leaders have fallen away from the title race, but after a convincing run of form they’re right back in the mix for a Championship spot. They’re two points behind second-placed Barnsley with a game in hand.
However, in between them and the Tykes are Sunderland, two points ahead and with a game in hand. It makes Portsmouth’s path to the automatic places treacherous, but not impossible.
With the win in their sails, we think they can still make the top two. Here’s three reasons why.
Still having to face Sunderland is a real bonus. They’re the side they need to catch and a win against their rivals would give them a huge boost in the desperate run in.
It’s a big ask and they’d still need the Black Cats to slip up somewhere, but there’s a chance they could spring a real surprise.
Lowe is a game changer. He opened the scoring against Wycombe and with his energy and endeavour, Portsmouth always have a chance.
If they can utilise his skills over the coming matches, he’s going to add to his 13 League One goals this season and that’ll secure vital points for Kenny Jackett’s side.
Winning at Wembley will have given everyone a big lift at the club. There’s been no hangover, no struggles after the big day. They’ve come back to league action full of belief.
If they carry that forward, there’s no reason why they can’t avoid going there again at the end of May.