Knight: Pompey can go up in third spot

So here we are then, 10 games to go, time for people to start making their predictions where Pompey will end up.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 5:41 pm
Alan Knight believes Ricky Holmes, right, & Co will have their minds on their summer holidays by the time champions-elect Northampton visit Fratton Park on the final game of the season Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

Well, I’m going for third spot in League Two.

I believe there are still enough points available for us to catch either Oxford United or Plymouth.

Both scenarios are realistic – but the fact Argyle have to visit Fratton Park can give us that extra three points.

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April 16 is a must win for Pompey. Then again, so is Mansfield this weekend. They are all must-win games at this stage of the campaign.

I actually don’t care who comes second to Northampton, but there always seems to be one team who emerges out of the blue.

Hopefully that will be us, clinching third spot and subsequent automatic promotion.

Plymouth have had a few injuries and bits and bobs which have started to affect them.

That’s one win in six matches now, or you could also portray it as two victories from their last nine.

It is obvious they are not performing as consistently as earlier this season, so they have to be Pompey’s aim.

Admittedly, Northampton also have to visit Fratton Park and will do so as champions of League Two.

However, they will be in party mode for that last game of the season. They will be promoted and not wanting to get injured.

Not wanting to take anything away from their achievements this season, I thought we beat them quite comfortably at their place in December.

Yet I honestly believe we can do the double for their May 7 visit to Fratton – and get us promoted at the same time.

It is only human nature the Cobblers will arrive thinking about beaches. We will need the points, they definitely won’t.

I can recall in the 1986-87 campaign when Oldham lost 2-0 to Shrewsbury in the week to give us promotion to the top flight.

We weren’t even playing that night so had celebratory drinks at the Cowplain Social Club before ending up round Kenny Swain’s house in Denmead.

The party went on for a couple of days. The achievement meant so much, having gone close for the previous couple of years.

Then on the Saturday we had Sheffield United come down and we lost 2-1 to end up coming second.

It was a real anti-climax, with Derby County taking the title instead on that last day.

Hopefully Northampton will approach the final day exactly the same, having celebrated their own achievement.

Then we can go up in third.