Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has said he still expects his side to challenge for promotion in the second half of the season, adding that League One is “a very open division.”
Pompey sit in tenth place in the table, and are just one point off the play-offs.
However, pre-season predictions saw the south coast side tipped for automatic promotion, but it has not gone as hoped so far. The side have recovered from a below-par start to the campaign that saw the team occupy the bottom half of the table for the first couple of months.
Their good recent form puts them right in the mix, and Kenny Jackett has said that promotion is still the target for his side.
“There are a number of teams that promotion is a target for – and I’m pleased to say that we’re one of them,” Jackett told the club website.
“We want to be one of those sides that, come May, are promoted to the Championship and will need a run between now and the end of the season.”
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Pompey take on AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon, knowing that a win against the Dons could move the side into the play-off places.
Wimbledon won the last meeting between the sides in October in dramatic fashion, with Terell Thomas finding the net in the dying minutes of the game.
Portsmouth hold an unbeaten league record at Fratton Park this season, and the side will be looking to stretch that sequence of games without defeat at home to thirteen games.
Jackett is right in his view that League One is a very bunched up division, with three points separating Peterborough in sixth, to Burton Albion in 14th.
That means that a good run of form for Pompey could see them climb the table significantly. Their away form needs to improve, however, to stand any chance of achieving promotion this season.
Portsmouth have won just two times on their travels this season in League One out of their eleven away games.