Every season has one, in some cases several. So, was the 92nd minute at Spotland, as Matt Done put through his own net in a 2-2 draw, one of these for Pompey?
In fairness, it’s hard to disagree with such thoughts shared by Nathan Thompson. The former Swindon captain believes it is one and therefore maintains the momentum ahead of Plymouth.
He told portsmouthfc.co.uk: ‘You look back over the course of the season and there are always defining moments – this could be one of them. It keeps our unbeaten run going and means we can take some momentum into the game against Plymouth next week.’
Personally, I’m still unsure if we’ll actually have enough to make the top-six, but we’ll soon see.
In many ways would defeat at Rochdale have ended the Wembley hopes? Clearly, a loss would have damaged play-off aspirations, but a point was a good point and will, again for me, feel like more given the way we secured it.
Arguably the real season-defining moment will come at Home Park on Saturday though when you sense a Blues win at Plymouth is a must.
One absolute certainty, when it comes to this game, is the fact we’ll have to play much better. Kenny Jackett knows this because Rochdale, whilst pleasing, wasn’t up to scratch.
‘I felt that Rochdale were almost a yard sharper than us right the way through the game. They had beaten Shrewsbury and Bury going into this one, so obviously had their tails up. It was never going to be easy,’ the manager told portsmouthfc.co.uk.
Adding: ‘We were never on top, but gave it everything we’ve got and we’ll certainly need to be better against Plymouth next Saturday.’
The Rochdale point was unquestionably important. However, I cannot help but think the game this weekend will be truly season-defining, for both clubs?
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2017-18 Prediction League – April
Plymouth (a) Saturday 14th April 2018 – click here.
Bradford (a) Tuesday 17th April 2018 – click here.
Charlton (h) Saturday 21st April 2018 – click here.
Bury (a) Saturday 28th April 2018 – click here.