COMMENT: Plenty of positives to take from Pompey’s current situation

Gareth Evans

Pompey fans left Fratton Park last weekend feeling the lowest they have done in some time.

Kenny Jackett’s men slumped to a dismal defeat to struggling Blackpool – their sixth this year and 16th in League One this term.

Swarms of supporters departed Fratton Park shortly after Clark Robertson had doubled the visitors’ lead.

Boos echoed around PO4 at full-time from those supporters who opted to endure the rest of the insipid display.

Meanwhile, winger Matty Kennedy also closed his Twitter account down after being hit with criticism.

Pompey are unlikely to clinch a play-off place and their early-season form has ebbed away.

But dissect the current situation and there’s plenty of positives that should be taken.

With 11 games to go, the Blues can end the current campaign on a high.

If they string a run of victories together they can take crucial momentum into next season.

Injuries have been the common theme of Pompey’s campaign.

At some point, it seems like someone or another in Jackett’s squad has spent time on the sidelines.

Nevertheless, the Blues have been given four pieces of good news this week.

Brett Pitman and Gareth Evans could be back for the clash against Gillingham on March 10.

Meanwhile, Stuart O’Keefe is closing in on his return, while Danny Rose is ahead of schedule and hasn’t given up on featuring again this term.

All four would be in, or around, Jackett’s starting XI if fit and their experience has been noticeably missed.

Meanwhile, Matt Clarke has also penned a new contract extension at Fratton Park.

The centre-back has heard the rumours of him being wanted by Premier League clubs.

But rather than having his head turned, he’s opted to commit to Pompey.

Jamal Lowe is also firing on all cylinders again, while Conor Chaplin is getting the starts so many of the Fratton faithful thought he deserved.

Moreover, Ben Close also has a full season under his belt and Jack Whatmough has successfully came through another serious knee injury.

The Blackpool performance wasn’t acceptable.

But a solid finale to the campaign will mean things are suddenly looking brighter again. And that will give Jackett a platform to build on over the summer.

– WILL ROONEY

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