The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

FOR all three sea­sons Portsmouth have been in the bot­tom tier of the Football League they have built a squad which looks good enough to chal­lenge for pro­mo­tion.

Ev­ery year, so far, they have failed mis­er­ably come May.

But it feels dif­fer­ent un­der Paul Cook. The los­ing men­tally has been shaken off and the play- ers gen­uinely look a class above.

The back five purr with class, Michael Doyle and a re­ju­ve­nated Nigel Atan­gana sit in front of them with con­fi­dence but fin­ish­ing wasn’t on show in this game.

The game to­tally de­served to be branded goal­less, be­hind a lack of goal­mouth ac­tion lay a bru­tal mid­field fight.

Cook’s men re­main un­beaten on their pro­mo­tion quest but need to find a way of scor­ing.

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