Date: 10th April 2014 at 9:36am
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They say that ‘three is the magic number’.

Well, it certainly has been in the last couple of Pompey games with us picking up all 3pts in games against Newport and Hartlepool – victory this weekend at Dagenham would make three that magic number with a hat-trick of successive wins!

It was over a year since we had managed back-to-back wins, I would not even want to hazard a guess as to when we last won three in a row…

Last weekends win, in more ways than one, could prove to be so important.

With almost all the teams around us also winning it not only brought some others into relegation trouble it also made sure that we were not, in spite of these successive wins, still on the verge of the relegation zone.

It also helped break that physiological barrier of (a) not scoring at home and (b) not winning at home for a while.

Arguably more important than the 5pt gap from relegation and the Fratton win was that we put teams between us and Northampton, which also helps.

Safety is not secured yet by any means!

You would like to think that important wins away, and perhaps more importantly at Fratton, have built up the confidence both mentally in and in the squad as a whole.

We should resilience last week, I would not want us looking to ‘hold onto leads’ but we held what we had and looked relatively untroubled – maybe a lot down to the lack of threat Hartlepool offered but we also have to think that we snuffed out what they did offer.

Saturday is not a ‘must win’, maybe not even a ‘must not lose’ as it is not that likely that our future will depend on this game as you would think the following weekends Easter double header with Bristol Rovers and Northampton will be the fixtures that determine our fate…

Clearly Andy Awford has installed some confidence and belief in the squad, which has made a difference – show belief in the players and they will, usually, deliver. Tell them they are crap and that is what they will, more often than not, provide you with.

Dagenham do not really have much to play for?

This is not a game I am banking on us to win, but at the same time I would not be betting against us not to do so.

I reckon that if we approach this as something of a ‘bonus’ game in many ways and we could come back from Victoria Road with another 3pts with a mighty step to safety taken.

Come away with a point and that is another positive but so long as we go about things in the right way, and it is not a hiding that we take, then nothing is not the be all or end all for Pompey.

Obviously though the longer we can be unbeaten the better of course as momentum is a wonderful thing to have…

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