Last night, Portsmouth managed to keep up their good form with a 3-2 win over Rotherham United, as Kenny Jackett’s men progressed up the table and now sit in 10th spot, just two points off the play-off spots.
Ronan Curtis curled in from the edge of the area just a minute in to break the deadlock, before Freddie Ladapo scored a rebound after Daniel Barlaser’s effort had been kept out.
John Marquis netted from close range after an Ellis Harrison knock-down, but Ladapo converted from the penalty spot to equalise for a second time.
Ben Close then netted the winner 24 minutes from time from the edge of the area when Rotherham failed to clear a corner.
Here, we take a look at three things that Pompey manager Jackett will have learnt from the win…
Portsmouth are dangerous from crosses
During the night, Portsmouth troubled Rotherham often from crosses and set pieces, with Marquis and Harrison both profiting from crosses into a good area in the box.
Deliveries from the wide areas was on the money for the majority of the night, as Rotherham struggled to deal with the two strikers inside the box as they both used their movement off the ball to good effect.
Marquis and Harrison would be a good partnership
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Of similar heights, Marquis works hard to defend from the front while he has a natural ability of a poacher inside the six-yard box to latch on to anything that comes into him.
Harrison is also a threat inside the box and his link-up play between the midfield, wingers and the strikers can get Portsmouth forward at a quicker rate, the striker sometimes dropping deep to receive the ball and play it up the pitch.
Curtis is back being a threat when on the ball
Irish international Ronan Curtis is a threat when on the ball, as he proved just 35 seconds into last night’s game as he cut inside past two defenders and fired an unstoppable effort into the top corner.
Being a right footer on the left wing, the 23-year-old often drifted inside when on the ball and his inswinging crosses proved dangerous as he often provided the strikers with the opportunities inside the box with some deep deliveries.
He looks back to his best.