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2019/2020

Portsmouth

In


Ross McCrorie (mid) (Rangers - loan), Sean Raggett (def) (Norwich - loan), Paul Downing (def) (Blackburn), Ryan Williams (mid) (Rotherham), James Bolton (def) (Shrewsbury), Marcus Harness (mid) (Burton), Ellis Harrison (att) (Ipswich)

Out


Adam May (sp) (mid) (Swindon - loan), Omar Bogle (sp) (att) (Cardiff - loan ended), James Vaughan (sp) (att) (Wigan - loan ended), Lloyd Isgrove (sp) (mid) (Barnsley - loan ended), Viv Solomon-Otabor (sp) (mid) (Birmingham - loan ended), Matt Clarke (k) (def) (Brighton), Dion Donohue (sp) (def) (Mansfield), Nathan Thompson (sp) (def) (released)

Portsmouth are coming from a very frustrating campaign which saw them narrowly miss out on direct promotion before losing their play-off final against Sunderland with an aggregate score of 1:0. While sections of fans called for Kenny Jackett's head during a particularly poor run of form midway through the season that eventually cost them direct promotion, the board acknowledged the fact that Pompey have been showing progress every season under Jackett and therefore opted against making a managerial change. Portsmouth have let a lot of fringe players leave during the summer transfer window, with a big exception to this being Matt Clarke, their last season's Player of the Year, who has joined Brighton. The experienced Paul Downing signs from Blackburn as a replacement, while several other players proven at this level have signed in Ryan Williams, James Bolton, Marcus Harness and Ellis Harrison. Ross McCrorie and Sean Raggett, who sign on loan, are unknowns at League One level, but are both expected to feature heavily. Despite losing the outstanding Clarke, Pompey look stronger than they were last time around. They have more potential starters now all over the pitch and this is particularly important in the attacking areas, as the arrivals of Harness and Ellis Harrison will give Jackett more options in positions when he chose between only three players during the majority of the previous campaign. Portsmouth as a club have been steadily improving over the best part of the current decade and now look well equipped to push for promotion.

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After narrowly missing out on a play-off place a couple of years ago and narrowly missing out on direct promotion last season, they will want to keep improving and reach the Championship.

Season Review
2018/2019

№4: Portsmouth

Portsmouth narrowly missed out on a play-off place in the 2017/18 season and entered the campaign looking to improve on that and secure promotion. They kept the core of their last season's squad together, while buying wisely, with Ronan Curtis, signed from Irish Premier League side Derry, in particular looking like a superb signing and being arguably their most dangerous attacking weapon in the majority of the campaign. Everything looked perfect for Pompey early on. They made a nearly perfect start to the season and were runaway leaders for a time, leading the league in the majority of the first half of the season despite eventually slowing down. Their ultimate undoing was the run of form they had between January and March, as they had a nine-game winless run during this period. They eventually managed to steady the ship and had their automatic promotion hopes in their own hands going into the final four games. However, they managed only a draw away at Sunderland and were ultimately overtaken by Barnsley, who claimed the final promotion place. They were beaten by Sunderland with a 1:0 aggregate score in their play-off semifinal, as their promotion hopes came to an end. While large sections of fans were calling for Kenny Jackett's head at times, Pompey have had a reasonably good season, having finished fourth and won the EFL Trophy. They are on an obvious uptrend as a club, and will fancy their chances of doing one better and winning promotion next season.


Player of the Season: Matt Clarke

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