Portsmouth moved back into the League One play-off places, as they extended their winning run to eight matches in all competitions with a 2-0 over Sunderland at Fratton Park on Saturday.
Goals from Christian Burgess and James Bolton sealed the three points for Pompey, as the south coast side also extended their unbeaten home record in the league to fourteen matches.
Pompey are now in 6th place in the table, and have two games in hand on Rotherham and Wycombe, who occupy the automatic promotion spots.
Portsmouth now have difficult back to back away trips to Tranmere and Coventry respectively.
Here, we look at three things that we learnt from Pompey’s important win at the weekend…
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Bass getting ever better
Alex Bass once again continued in between the posts for Pompey ahead of Craig MacGillivray against Sunderland, and kept his third clean sheet in four games with another composed display.
According to WhoScored, the 21-year-old made two saves during the game, as well as three claims.
Despite keeping another shut out, Bass had to overcome some nervy moments, in particular Luke O’Nien’s shot that cannoned back off the upright. The ball then came off Bass and narrowly rolled wide of the far post.
Burgess showing no sign of stopping
Christian Burgess has been excellent for Pompey in recent weeks, and once again put in an accomplished display on what was his 200th appearance in a Blue shirt.
The 28-year-old opened the scoring for Pompey in the 25th minute with a header from a set-piece. It was his third goal in five games, which are good numbers for a central defender.
It helps that his goals have also been crucial as well – Burgess was the match-winner against Bolton on January 18th.
Attacking ability could yield even more
In reality, 2-0 flattered Sunderland, and Portsmouth could’ve won by a bigger margin if they took their chances.
John Marquis had a golden opportunity in the first half, striking his half-volley from just inside the penalty area wide of the post.
Then in the second period, Sean Raggett put another big chance wide of the near post, after good work from Andy Cannon on the right-hand side to find a delivery into the box.