Pompey’s unbeaten run ended in disappointing fashion at Bradford on Tuesday.
There’s not much between us and a top-six place, but most of our rivals now have a game in hand, in some cases two, along with an advantage in terms of points. So, in all honesty, a play-off place would now seem unlikely?
Having recovered from Nat Knight-Percival’s early goal, Pompey, denied previously by excellent saves from Colin Doyle in the Bradford goal, got on level terms in the second half. Brett Pitman scored another cracking goal so it was very much game on, a Blues winner seemingly the most likely outcome.
Yet, despite, from the sounds of it, playing well enough and looking the better side we couldn’t turn it around and poor defending allowed Matthew Lund in to restore Bradford’s lead.
Nine-minutes of added-time gave us hope of snatching something, therefore extending our run, but it wasn’t to be. In actual fact a rare mistake from goalkeeper Luke McGee gifted Bradford a third, Charlie Wyke’s goal rounded off the Bantams’ 3-1 win.
To be fair, as much as we’ve kept a play-off push alive, have we really deserved it? Yes, there’s still a chance we could achieve a top-six finish, but this would involve victories over Charlton, Bury and Peterborough to finish, which might not be enough anyway?
Let’s hopefully finish the season on a high and see what it brings, if this happens to be enough for a play-off place, happy days. However, if we miss out, as it appears we will, it shouldn’t be all doom and gloom.
PLAY UP POMPEY
2017-18 Prediction League – April
Charlton (h) Saturday 21st April 2018 – click here.
Bury (a) Saturday 28th April 2018 – click here.