Date: 3rd February 2017 at 7:40pm
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Portsmouth have suffered one of the most dramatic declines in the history of the Football League, but 2017 could be the year the club finally starts looking back up.

Following an FA Cup victory in 2008, Pompey fans were in dreamland, but just two-years later they were relegated from the Premier League.

Since then, the club have suffered a further two relegations and now find themselves in the fourth tier of English football.

With relegation came an exodus of players, and left the club battling administration.

Pompey are now in League Two, and the club’s fans are desperate to see their team back on the rise.

Now managed by Paul Cook, Portsmouth currently sit sixth in the Sky Bet League Two table.

The club missed out on promotion last season, losing a play-off semi-final against Plymouth Argyle, 3-2 on aggregate.

This season could be different for Pompey, who trail the automatic promotion places by just four points.

Cook’s side host the joint-best defence in the league, conceding just 27 goals this season- their problems coming at the other end of the pitch.

Pompey have scored just 40 league goals this season, with Conor Chaplin their top goal scorer with just seven to his name.

Michael Smith and Kal Naismith have six goals apiece, with the rest of Portsmouth’s forwards struggling to support Chaplin.

The January transfer window saw Cook bring in Eoin Doyle on-loan from Championship side Preston North End.

The 28-year old striker has three goals in 15 appearances across all competitions this season, but has been unable to nail down a starting spot in Simon Grayson’s side.

Cook will be hoping his latest striking option will be able to fire his side to promotion during the second-half of this campaign.

With an already sturdy defence, if Pompey can find some more goals in their team, they could be well on their way to catching the top-three.

Most English football fans, with the exception of Southampton, would like to see Portsmouth’s loyal supporters rewarded for sticking by their team in recent years.

If Cook’s side can find their form in front of goal during the second-half of the campaign they could find themselves on the rise for the first time in a decade.