We put that theory to the test prior to the season’s conclusion to put truth in what the former Lincoln head coach was saying.
The Fratton Park outfit followed that up with victory against champions Wigan – but fell to a 4-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the season.
Pompey sat ninth in League One on New Year’s Day having failed to finish off 2021 due to Covid stoppages.
But where would the Blues sit in League One if the table had been based on results from January 1.
Here’s what we discovered.