Thompson: There is Championship quality in Portsmouth squad

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BEN THOMPSON believes there are players in Pompey’s squad who have Championship quality. 

Kenny Jackett’s side are on track for promotion from League One after an encouraging start to the season.

Ben Thompson. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ben Thompson. Picture: Joe Pepler

The Blues sit top of the table on 34 points and a win at Accrington today would continue their trajectory towards the second tier. 

On a season-long loan from Millwall, Thompson admits he still has to show he can cut it in the Championship.

But having trained around players who have proved themselves in the second tier, the 23-year-old feels there are members of Pompey’s side who are capable of making the grade in the higher division. 

‘I think there are players who can play in the Championship,’ said Thompson.

‘I’ve only played in the Championship three times so I need to prove myself at that level. 

‘It is a tougher league. When you’re watching games you can see the standard is so much better and you get punished for every mistake.

‘It’s a lot different but I do think there are players here who can do it in the Championship, although I’m not putting anyone under that pressure!

‘There is some serious talent in this dressing room and we’ve got some great players.

‘When I got into the Championship via the play-offs with Millwall I was going into games thinking “we’re so confident, there’s no way we can lose, we’re going to turn these over

‘I’ve got the same feeling here.’