"To see great Pompey pass"
Current form dictates that any ideas of bringing three points back from a visit to Fortress Fratton Park come under the heading of “Mission Impossible”. Kenny Jackett’s side are currently 4 points clear at the top of the League One table with the hugely impressive win statistic of 66%, having lost only one league game so far this season. Tuesday will probably reveal one familiar face to Saddlers’ fans in the form of goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray, who joined Portsmouth from the beginning of this season after Shrewsbury Town’s offer of an extension to his contract evidently fell short of expectations. Try not to get too depressed at Portsmouth’s current League One form:-
13 Oct AFC Wimbledon (A) Won 1-2
20 Oct Fleetwood Town (H) Won 1-0
23 Oct Burton Albion (H) Drew 2-2
27 Oct Accrington Stanley (A) Drew 1-1
3 Nov Bradford City (A) Won 0-1
24 Nov Scunthorpe United (A) Won 1-2
The only faint possibility of a redeeming factor is the “bad day at the office” syndrome, and it’s worth stating that (grabbing at straws here) Portsmouth’s only League One defeat this season was at home, against Gillingham of all teams, 0-2 on 6th October. No slip-ups since though…
If crowd size plays any part in affecting a player’s motivation (and we seemed to play well against Sunderland with an attendance of almost 8,000) it should be noted that Portsmouth’s last couple of League One games, including a Tuesday night fixture, have both brought in 18,000+ gates.
Although they are top of the table Portsmouth are not the leading scorers in League One with 30 goals - Sunderland, Luton Town, Barnsley and Peterborough have all scored more, but with only 15 goals conceded they have the joint meanest defence in the League. This is what Dean Keates’ men have to unlock, but if Gillingham (in the relegation zone at the time) can do it why can’t we?
Prediction? Can’t see us winning this one, but a 1-1 draw would be very acceptable. Over to you, Andy Cook.…