Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin is refusing to give up on the League Two play-offs.
The Blues currently stand 10 points adrift of seventh spot with 11 matches remaining.
It would be disappointing if we were not to reach them, but what you are always looking for in business and football is improvement.Mark Catlin
That is despite a vastly-improved recent run of one defeat in nine matches – a spell which helped earn Andy Awford the February manager-of-the-month accolade.
But a disappointing 1-1 draw at 10-man Accrington Stanley last weekend saw Awford’s men slip to 14th in the table.
Regardless, Catlin still retains belief the club can better last season’s finish of 13th.
‘I will never give up believing we can make the play-offs until it is entirely mathematically impossible,’ he said.
‘There are still a lot of games to play for.
‘In the last three matches we have lost only once but probably dropped a few points which would be ideal.
‘If you add those points into where we are then we probably wouldn’t be too far away.
‘It is a frustration we are within touching distance of it but there will have to be some sort of run now to get us into the play-offs.
‘It would be disappointing if we were not to reach them but what you are always looking for in business and football is improvement.
‘We finished 13th last year, so if we were to achieve a top-10 finish, which is possible, then there has been an improvement, however disappointing that may be to the vast majority of the fans, Andy himself, the players and the board.
‘If we ended up below 13th, we would evaluate how we have done, how we are going to improve for the next season, were there mistakes made and, if there were, then we learn from them and move into the next year.’