Portsmouth earned a momentum building point on Tuesday evening, centre back Sean Raggett popped up with a 95th minute equaliser as they drew 2-2 at home to Plymouth Argyle.
In reflecting on the match, Danny Cowley was pleased with his side’s transition from a 4-2-3-1 formation to a 3-4-3, it certainly paid dividends in an attacking sense as they earned a satisfactory result given Argyle are flying at the start of this season.
He told Portsmouth.co.uk: “I think the system change worked. I was really proud of the way that the players adapted.
“We wanted to get a left-footed balance in the team and thought the only way we could do that was going to a back three.
“We also wanted to get two forwards on pitch, which I have always liked at home. As a consequence of that, we did carry a lot more goal threat.” he added.
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Pompey sit 12th just two points off of the play-offs with goalscoring being their most pressing issue so far this term. They had scored just five from seven matches before Tuesday evening and will be looking to sustain their attacking threat when they face Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
It was two defenders who got on the scoresheet against the Green Army but Ronan Curtis and John Marquis were a constant threat and will be looking to kick on against relegation threatened Charlton at the weekend.
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Having missed out on the play-offs in losing to Accrington Stanley on the final game of last season, the pressure is a little more on Cowley coming into this campaign.
The fan base are relieved to be seeing more aesthetically pleasing football than they did under Kenny Jackett but promotion remains the aim.
Similar to Charlton, there will be pressure coming from the stands while the team are outside of the top six in the table but from an offensive standpoint there were plenty of reasons for optimism from Pompey’s midweek display. It will be interesting to see if Cowley sticks with the same system in South London.