Today’s 3-1 success over AFC Wimbledon – and Charlton’s draw at Accrington – means if the Blues win next Sunday then they will qualify.
A Fratton Park clash with Accrington is now all that stands in Cowley’s way to leading his side into the League One play-off semi-finals.
They were put into that tantalising position through Lee Brown’s double and Ronan Curtis at Plough Lane, with all four of the match’s goals arriving in the first half.
Now all focus is on the last game of the League One campaign – when the Blues can secure a top-six finish for a third straight season.
Cowley told The News: ‘It has been great hasn’t it.
‘That’s 11 games now, seven away, four at home. The games have been over such a short space of time and the amount of travel we’ve had to do.
‘The amount of things that have gone against us before I came with the injuries. Since I’ve been here, there have been injuries and suspensions to key players – lesser groups with lesser character don't get this opportunity.
‘We have now this opportunity, we’ve fought so hard for it and are going to give it everything we’ve got.
‘We’ve been saying it since the moment I arrived – we’re not dying wondering. We’re going to give this absolutely everything we have got.
‘We are going to leave next Sunday with absolutely no regrets whatsoever.’
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