If Pompey have a slump to come, let's get it out of the way now

Four wins from four, the sun is shining (when it is not snowing) and that run of five Pompey defeats in a row seems an age ago.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 11:25 am
Updated Friday, 9th April 2021, 11:26 am
Pompey celebrate Ronan Curtis' strike that helped them to a 2-1 Good Friday win over Rochdale / Picture: Joe Pepler

Yes, PFC life is officially great again and you can’t argue against the view we all earned this current run of victories and the feelgood factor surrounding the club by enduring the painful period that went before.

With the way the Cowleys have come in and got the team playing as though they are a completely fresh starting XI, there’s no immediate reason why the current trend shouldn’t continue.

But let’s be honest, we’re Pompey fans and in the back of our minds is always the question: When will everything go wrong?

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From the point the team are at right now – in fourth spot with eight games to go, and a game in hand on a couple of their rivals – the Blues should ... really should... be capable of finishing well within League One’s top six.

I just hope that if they do, form between now and the 46th game of this weirdest of seasons, watched on screens instead of in the flesh, is consistent.

By that I mean I hope we go into the play-offs with at least a couple of wins and draws immediately behind us, and not the sort of results that took us into the 2019 knockouts, when we’d blown our top-two hopes by taking one point from six in the final two games, versus Peterborough and Accrington.

If we’re going to slip up, I hope we do it against Burton and Crewe, then go on a neat run of something like five wins and a draw in the last six.

Momentum going into play-offs is not quite everything, but it’s a huge factor.

And could we still avoid the play-offs (by finishing second, not seventh, that is!)? Well I predicted a second-place finish for Pompey at the start of the season and am not quite ready to give up on that yet.

Put it like this - if we were in second place, looking down at a side in fourth who were nine points behind but in winning for, there is no way we would think the race was over. Keep the faith. PUP

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