Victory over PeterboroughÂ shows PortsmouthÂ are title contendersÂ
If there were any nigglingÂ doubts Pompey may not be able to mix it with the very best teams in League One this season, they have been resoundingly answered.Â
The Blues sit at the top of aÂ table for the first time since they were crowned League Two champions on the final day of the 2016-17 campaign.Â
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 theirÂ first real rival for automatic promotion at London Road on Saturday and deserved all three points.Â
They were resolute at the back, displaying the steel that theyÂ lacked last campaign.
And in the final third, PompeyÂ highlighted they have the prowessÂ to break down the best rearguards in the division. Oli Â Hawkins, Ronan Curtis and Jamal Lowe continue to prove to be a deadly three-pronged attack.Â
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 toÂ torment most opponents.
But if they're truly one of the best teamsÂ League One has to offer this campaignÂ then Jackett's troops will be seriously bullish of achieving promotion.
The general consensus this season isÂ there's no side the same calibre of Wigan or Blackburn to take the division by storm.Â TheyÂ were head and shoulders above the rest last term '“Â as the final table dictated.Â
Despite Sunderland and Barnsley coming down from the Championship, neitherÂ 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.Â Â
There's usually a surprise package who punch above their weight. It was Shrewsbury last season and Walsall could be that side this timeÂ around.Â
It's early days butÂ Â Pompey would certainly be disappointed if they're not in the fight forÂ automatic promotionÂ after the Peterborough win.Â Â
-Â comment by WILL ROONEYÂ