This evening sees Portsmouth make the trip up to the West Midlands to face Coventry City in League One, with the south coast club looking to make it ten consecutive wins in all competitions.
Pompey currently sit in 5th place in the table, one position and one point behind the Sky Blues, and Kenny Jackett’s side will know that a win could move them into the automatic promotion places.
Ahead of the big game, the Portsmouth manager spoke to the press about a range of topics, including the recent improvement in away form.
Pompey have the chance to make four straight wins on their travels, having previously only collected two away wins from August to January.
Jackett has said that not much has changed in terms of performances, but confidence amongst the group has been a big factor in the turnaround.
“We played well in certain games, but couldn’t quite get over the line in terms of the result.”
“I don’t think there’s been a big difference, although there has been more consistency and the players having confidence helps,” he said.
Looking ahead to the upcoming game – Portsmouth’s second away fixture in the space of four days – Jackett discussed Coventry’s strengths.
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“They’ve only lost three league matches all season, which is a big achievement, although there is a high number of draws.”
“We’re very close to them in the table, which makes it an even more interesting game. We’ll look forward to going there,” he added.
The Pompey boss also reiterated that Portsmouth have promotion in their sights, and with eighteen league games remaining, there is still 54 points up for grabs.
“There’s still a big chunk of the season left for us, with a lot of games coming up in a short space of time,” Jackett said.
“There are some exciting matches coming up and it’s nice that we’ve still got so much left to play for.”
Finally, Jackett also discussed James Bolton and Sean Raggett, with the pair coming into form in recent weeks in the back line.
According to BBC Solent’s Andrew Moon, Jackett believes that the pair being fully fit again has helped them with their performances, after a difficult start to the season for both players.