The pressure is on manager Jackett

Kenny Jackett’s side was on 57 points and top of the league by five points on New Years Day, however, Pompey are now fourth, six points behind first place and have taken just 11 points out of a possible 33.

Jackett (pictured above)

That statistic is dismal, especially as the style of football under Jackett is awfully stale.

When Portsmouth were winning, fans didn’t mind the boring playing style. As at the end of the day, football is a results business and the most important thing to us is getting back into the Championship.

But to watch such ineffective and predictable ‘hoof ball’ each week is driving supporters mad and just two wins from our last 11 league games have made things dire for the fans.

The Blue Army has been loyal to the club, selling out every home game and have also brought huge followings away from home. For example, over 3,000 fans went to Charlton last Saturday for a 5:30 kick off, that was shown on Sky Sports. However, their support was let down by lacklustre performance.

Therefore, in my opinion, the loyal fans that follow the team across the country, through thick and thin, have the right to say and think what they want.

Results and performances must drastically change if we have any chance of achieving promotion via the playoffs. Automatic promotion chances are pretty much over now as the current eight-point gap is too much to make up when teams like Sunderland, Barnsley, Luton etc. are playing much better football.

Charlton will be a promotion rival and at the Valley on Saturday, we were completely outplayed in every department, which was a worrying sight for Pompey fans.

The tactic of hoofing the ball up to striker Oliver Hawkins and hope he flicks it down to wingers Ronan Curtis and Jamal Lowe is too predictable and teams have now sussed us out.

Jackett will be tested to find a ‘plan B’ as ‘hoof ball’ football just isn’t working. Playing two up top may work, as it did away to Southend in the first half and the recent 5-1 win over Bradford.

Pompey have winnable games remaining as we face just one team above us, in our remaining nine games.

I think we should wait until the end of the season to decide whether to sack Jackett or not, as we may still go up through the playoffs but obviously performances must improve imminently. Also, we have a day out at Wembley coming up for the Checkatrade Trophy final to look forward to at the end of the month.

However, the Checkatrade Trophy will be no consolation if Pompey fails to win promotion.

But at the end of the season, I feel the owners must let go of Jackett if we don’t achieve promotion because he’d have been at the club for two years and played route one unattractive football, for simply no reward.

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