Victory over Peterborough shows Portsmouth are title contenders 

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If there were any niggling doubts Pompey may not be able to mix it with the very best teams in League One this season, they have been resoundingly answered. 

The Blues sit at the top of a table for the first time since they were crowned League Two champions on the final day of the 2016-17 campaign. 

Jamal Lowe celebrates with Ronan Curtis. Picture: Joe Pepler

Jamal Lowe celebrates with Ronan Curtis. Picture: Joe Pepler

And, based on their 2-1 victory at Peterborough, there seems no reason why a second piece of silverware in three years cannot be yielded.

Kenny Jackett’s men faced their first real rival for automatic promotion at London Road on Saturday and deserved all three points. 

They were resolute at the back, displaying the steel that they lacked last campaign.

And in the final third, Pompey highlighted they have the prowess to break down the best rearguards in the division. Oli Hawkins, Ronan Curtis and Jamal Lowe continue to prove to be a deadly three-pronged attack. 

The Posh were a well-drilled outfit who have strength all over the pitch. The likes of Matt Godden, Jason Cummings and Siriki Dembele have and will continue to torment most opponents.

But if they’re truly one of the best teams League One has to offer this campaign then Jackett’s troops will be seriously bullish of achieving promotion.

The general consensus this season is there’s no side the same calibre of Wigan or Blackburn to take the division by storm. They were head and shoulders above the rest last term – as the final table dictated. 

Despite Sunderland and Barnsley coming down from the Championship, neither have yet to look a class apart. Both clubs did not dip deep into the coffers to bolster their chances of an immediate return to the Championship.  

There’s usually a surprise package who punch above their weight. It was Shrewsbury last season and Walsall could be that side this time around. 

It’s early days but Pompey would certainly be disappointed if they’re not in the fight for automatic promotion after the Peterborough win.  

comment by WILL ROONEY