Portsmouth will be looking to end their two-match winless run this evening, as their former FA Cup winning captain Sol Campbell returns to Fratton Park with Southend United.
In the last two games, Pompey have dropped points from winning positions in stoppage time; against Bristol Rovers and last Saturday against Oxford United.
Kenny Jackett has a chance to put that right against a side currently in the worst form in the division – Southend are winless in eight in all competitions.
Portsmouth can move up to twelfth in the league table with a win tonight, and their 21-year-old Rangers loanee Ross McCrorie has been previewing tonight’s clash, placing emphasis on Pompey not being able to take their chances in recent weeks, despite creating many opportunities.
As McCrorie and his teammates prepare for the visit of the Shrimpers, here is what the Scotland Under-21 international had to say, in an interview with the Portsmouth club channel:
“As I say we’ve had plenty of chances in games and its just that wee finishing edge that sometimes we’ve not had. As I say, the other night [Oxford game] we had plenty of chances to win probably two games and we just couldn’t put the ball away, but it’ll come. It’ll come in the end.”
McCrorie on challenging for promotion:
“We’ve still got a long way of the season to go and I would say that with the quality in our team we should be able to get up there [promotion places] yeah.”
Despite receiving backing from Pompey owner Michael Eisner concerning his position, the clash tonight against Southend has to be a must win game for Kenny Jackett and his players.
The frustration has been boiling over among the Pompey fan-base after continuously conceding late goals and not scoring enough from open play.
It is a perfect chance to take a step in the right direction, against a side tipped for relegation.