Graham Alexander still believes Pompey will be promotion candidates this season, despite seeing his Fleetwood Town side pick up three valuable points at Fratton Park.
The former Preston stalwart has been given the finances to build a well-drilled side that combines physical power with some good footballers.
And his side earned their 1-0 victory on Saturday.
But Alexander is certain Guy Whittingham’s outfit will contest the promotion places as the season unfolds, having experienced the difficulties in putting a new team together.
Alexander said: ‘I still consider Portsmouth as one of the favourites for promotion, without a doubt.
‘I know myself the problems of a high turnover of players in the summer months and it takes a bit of time for a team to gel.
‘We have had the same thing in the past.
‘They had a great result at Burton, who beat us earlier in the season, so I think they will be there or thereabouts.
‘I think Portsmouth are a dangerous team.
‘I know Patrick Agyemang from my time at Preston and he is a very effective centre-forward.
‘I have also played against David Connolly myself and he has done very well over the years.
‘They are a good partnership – as good as anything in this division.’
Fleetwood’s impressive central-defensive partnership gave the Blues pair little change and Alexander was delighted with his team’s efforts.
He said: ‘We obviously spoke about Agyemang and Connolly and how to nullify their threat.
‘They have both played at the top level and Portsmouth have also got players who can hurt you from midfield.
‘But we worked hard for it and we were really solid at the back.
‘Portsmouth is a club on the up after their troubles, so we’re really pleased to get the three points.’