The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

PORTSMOUTH made fur­ther progress along the road back to­wards the Cham­pi­onship – and it’s on the road where they seem to be at their most po­tent.

Suc­cess at Scun­thorpe means Pom­pey have now taken 26 points from a pos­si­ble 30 away from Frat­ton Park – a record no other side in the top four di­vi­sions can match.

Kenny Jack­ett – twice a pro­mo­tion win­ner at this level – has grad­u­ally as­sem­bled a side with both tal­ented at­tack­ing op­tions and a ro­bust­ness and strength which al­lows them to grind out pos­i­tive re­sults.

Just as this con­test typ­i­fied why Pom­pey have be­come a force to be reck­oned with again, it also high­lighted why Scun­thorpe – months on from fin­ish­ing in the play­offs – have found the go­ing much tougher.

As long as they re­main so por­ous, it’s hard to see them be­ing able to achieve more than sur­vival.

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