Portsmouth achieved their seventh successive win in all competitions on Tuesday evening, cruising past Lincoln City 2-0 at Sincil Bank in League One.
Goals from John Marquis and Ronan Curtis either side of half-time helped Pompey on their way to just their fourth away win of the season in the league, and their second in a row.
Kenny Jackett named an unchanged lineup from last Saturday’s 4-2 win over Barnsley in the FA Cup, and it proved to be justified as Portsmouth produced an assured performance once again.
The result lifts the south coast side into the play-off places, and Pompey also have two games in hand on the top three.
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One player that has impressed in the middle of the park in recent weeks for Portsmouth is Andy Cannon, who has found opportunities difficult to come by this season.
The 23-year-old earned his second start in as many games in the No. 10 role, staying on the pitch a total of 76 minutes before being replaced by Cameron McGeehan.
After the game, the midfielder shared a light-hearted update on social media after suffering an unfortunate injury during the course of the ninety minutes:
If you know you know 🤕🤢🤦🏼♂️ would rather get in a ring with Mike Tyson than that happen again 😂 https://t.co/2K4KdTs5oI
— Andy Cannon (@andycannon96) January 29, 2020
Cannon made fun of the fact that he took a football to the groin area at pace during the clash, temporarily stopping him in his tracks.
He commented: “If you know you know 🤕🤢🤦♂️ Would rather get in a ring with Mike Tyson than that happen again 😂“
— Ross McCrorie (@RossMcCrorie4) January 29, 2020
— Sean Raggett (@SeanRaggett) January 29, 2020
Cannon has had to wait for his opportunity to come throughout the season, and may have been frustrated to see that John Marquis was being deployed regularly in the No. 10 role ahead of him, although he is a centre-forward.
The signing of Cameron McGeehan also adds further midfield competition for Cannon, but he has shown his qualities for Pompey in the last two matches, particularly against Barnsley last weekend.
He has a crucial part to play for Portsmouth between now and the end of the season, as they continue their march towards promotion.