Portsmouth comprehensively beat Rochdale away from home on Saturday, meaning that Kenny Jackett’s side sit in 11th just five points outside the play-off places.
After what had been a terrible start to the campaign, Pompey decided to stick with Jackett and he’s slowly turning things around at the club.
Here are THREE things we learned about Portsmouth in their 3-0 victory at Rochdale on Saturday…
Ronan Curtis back in form
The winger scored twice on Saturday and was back to his match-winning best as he looked excellent every time he got the ball in and around the opposition sides penalty areas. He has the ability to be one of the best players in the division but has to show it on a more consistent basis.
For himself, the confidence that this will give him moving forward will be massive and hopefully, he can repay Jackett’s faith in him with more goals for the manager in the future.
Strike partnership is working
Recently, Jackett has decided to change it around up top for his Pompey side and he has played Ellis Harrison and John Marquis as the two forwards.
Both have been prolific in the past, but it hadn’t quite come off for them this season. They played in the league game with Southend, and now again on Saturday and the attacking threat they are now posing is unbelievable.
They believe they can score when playing together, and it helps the players around them get in on the scoresheet as Pompey’s attacks flow better.
Defensive crisis isn’t a problem
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Despite having a number of players out with injury, the defence looked very well organised on Saturday and that’s something that will have really pleased Jackett as manager.
Sean Raggett was a key loss, but Oli Hawkins once again stood in and surprisingly played with real ease in that position. It becomes less worrying for Portsmouth fans if they continue to keep clean sheets like they did on the weekend, as it contributed to an almost perfect away performance.