League is wide open for consistent sides

Simon Ferry. Picture: Joe Pepler
Simon Ferry. Picture: Joe Pepler

A look at the League Two table says it all.

Three points cover the top nine positions, 14 games into the campaign.

The same gap covers first and second place in League One and the Championship, while four points cover the top three in the Premier League.

If ever there was a clear indication of how wide open the division is it’s that statistic.

That’s why Simon Ferry is quietly confident the consistency Pompey are beginning to find will hold them in good stead this season.

Guy Whittingham has made it clear it’s seventh place and the final play-off slot he is keeping his eyes on.

Despite being in 16th spot, the Blues are just six points behind Newport County, who currently occupy that position.

There is their game in hand over most rivals, following the washout against Wycombe to consider, too.

A five-game unbeaten run since the York shambles last month speaks of improving form.

There have been defeats which should’ve been draws and draws which should’ve been wins for Pompey this season.

But Ferry is encouraged by the solid form his team are now beginning to show.

In a division where the pacesetters are showing fluctuating form, the Scottish midfielder believes it’s that consistency which will make the difference.

Ferry said: ‘We’re going forward but we need to put a run of wins together and that’s not easy.

‘We have good players and teams are inconsistent in this league.

‘We need to get up the league, but when there’s so many players coming in it’s hard to get a rhythm going.

‘But credit to the boys, they’ve kept it going and it’s five unbeaten now.

‘If we could have turned a couple of those draws into wins we’d be right up there.

‘It’s a tight league and teams are inconsistent.

‘You never know in this league. Chesterfield must’ve thought they were going to run away with the league, then they got pulled back.

‘People are in this league because they are inconsistent. They are good players but inconsistency creeps in.

‘It’s the teams who can show that bit of consistency who will do well.’

The run of games up to the end of the year sees Pompey take on teams with more varying fortunes.

The current top four have all been tackled to date.

Exeter arrive at Fratton Park this weekend, with the Grecians currently in fifth position.

But then it’s a string of sides up who sit in and around Pompey in the table.

Ferry is guarding against complacency in those games, due to the consistently inconsistent nature of the league.

He said: ‘It isn’t as easy as it sounds, as we’ve seen. I’m not taking anything for granted.

‘The games in this league are not easy and it’s not an easy league to get out of. I know that.

‘It’s about getting a run together and turning draws into wins – then we will be up there.’