Ashdown: Next two will decide if we’re in play-off hunt

Jamie Ashdown
Jamie Ashdown
Sonny Bradley, right, will face his old side this weekend. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Jamie Ashdown believes Pompey are still two wins away from considering themselves play-off contenders.

With eight games remaining, the Blues’ flying form has awoken hopes of a late-season dash for the top six.

They currently sit six points from those positions off the back of seven wins from nine – with eight clean sheets arriving along the way.

But the number of teams in the hunt means it is still a mighty task to make it in Ashdown’s eyes.

He feels a win at Reading followed by success at home to Preston will really make it game on.

Ashdown said: ‘What we’ve got to do is keep winning the games and see how we go.

‘It’s not a case of being one point behind and a win will get us there.

‘We’re still adrift so it’s difficult still. We’d definitely like to get in there.

‘If we win the next couple of games it will be game on.

‘At the moment it’s a tough one to read because there are a lot of teams in there. Eight or nine sides are ahead of us and in and around that position.

‘It’s nice to just think that we could be in there. It’s a possibility.

‘In four or five games we could be there. It’s good the season has gone like that after the start.

‘We’re looking for next season as well and building on what we’ve done on this run.

‘I think it’s been a real positive for us.’

Pompey’s defensive form has been key to their improvement. Ashdown praised Dave Kitson for leading that work from the front.

He said: ‘Kits was amazing at Leicester. In the first half hour I think he closed down seven or eight balls. He was sliding in and blocking. He didn’t stop running.

‘Then there is his quality. He can hold the ball up and bring other people in to play.’