Pompey looking at play-off scrap

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley Picture: Sharon Lucey
AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley Picture: Sharon Lucey
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Pompey’s eyes are currently trained a little lower following successive defeats.

Yet whether it’s automatic promotion or the play-offs, the season appears it could go right to the final day to settle all its issues.

While Pompey have the opportunity to effectively seal their place in the play-offs with victory over Wycombe, clubs below are catching up.

AFC Wimbledon are currently a point behind the Blues in the final play-off spot – and the pair have to meet on Tuesday night.

In the meantime, tomorrow, Neal Ardley’s team host Leyton Orient in a bid to make it five successive victories.

In the week they collected a 2-0 victory at relegated Dagenham & Redbridge to continue breathing down the neck of Paul Cook’s side.

On the same night, Orient lost at home to Plymouth, leaving them with only one win from their previous six fixtures.

Of those club chasing the top seven, Wycombe are the closest as the seek to reduce a gap of four points behind Wimbledon.

For Pompey, Cambridge United also represent a threat, albeit six points adrift with a far inferior goal difference.

Yet Shaun Derry’s side destroyed Morecambe 7-0 in the week, with five different scorers on target.

Having been 5-0 up at half-time, it was actually only a second win in six for the U’s as they attempt to sneak into the play-off hunt.

Level on points are Exeter, who travel to fifth-placed Bristol Rovers tomorrow.

The Grecians have picked up of late and a midweek home defeat to Mansfield was a first loss in 11 matches.

Rovers are only a point off the automatic promotion spots and, with eight wins from their past 11 fixtures, are finishing the campaign strongly.

Focusing on the automatic promotion hunt, second-placed Accrington host Pompey’s midweek conquerors York.

Stanley are undefeated in nine matches, winning six, since slipping to a home defeat to the Blues.

John Coleman’s side are one point ahead of third-placed Oxford United, who entertain vastly-improved Hartlepool.

The U’s have won only one of their past five fixtures, giving hope to those clubs who have been chasing hard.

Michael Appleton’s team stand ahead of Plymouth by goal difference in the congested promotion spots.

The Pilgrims host Dagenham & Redbridge bidding to make it three successive wins during a late resurgence.

The Daggers were relegated last weekend.