The points tally Ryan Williams believes could book Portsmouth League One promotion

Ryan Williams reckons 82 points could be enough to yield League One automatic promotion.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 8:10 am

Pompey are one of a host of teams in the hunt for a top-two finish this season.

Ahead of today’s game against Sunderland, the Blues sit in seventh in the table on 44 points and trail leaders Rotherham by six points with two games in hand.

Williams was part of the Millers’ squad when they reached the Championship via the play-offs two years ago.

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Wigan and Blackburn were the standout sides that year, although Williams believing there’s no side of their ilk this time around.

Despite amassing 88 points last term, Pompey finished fourth in the table and suffered play-off semi-final defeat to Sunderland.

Williams feels the Blues may not need to accrue as many points to go up automatically this time around, though.

The Aussie winger said: ‘When I was at Rotherham, at this stage we were around fourth or fifth.

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‘Although we went on a really good run, we were always in or around it. Wigan and Blackburn absolutely ran away with it, so everyone was fighting for third to sixth.

‘This season it's a bit different. There hasn't been any standout team and everyone in the top half of the league have been playing really well.

‘The boys got 88 points last season, but if you can get 84 or even 82 then I think we've got a good chance of going up automatically.

‘Everyone can beat everyone. They could last season but more so this season. Everyone is beating everyone and it's been quite interesting.

‘For outsiders looking in, it's been great so hopefully now we can carry on and some other teams can drop a bit.

‘Personally, I think the league was better last season, even though I didn't play in it. Everyone is similar.

‘The chance that we have is great but no-one is really talking about it.

‘Everyone is just trying to get into the team and do well so we're focused on that then the last 10 games we'll think "right let's have a go".’