Guy Whittingham weighed up the League Two table and targeted a charge into the play-off shake-up.
The Pompey boss revealed he is aiming for the top seven ahead of tonight’s clash with Wycombe.
The Chairboys currently occupy the final play-off berth – four points in front of the Blues going into the clash at Fratton Park.
Meanwhile it’s seven points between Whittingham’s men and Chesterfield, who are leading the way at present.
Whittingham said: ‘I’m looking at the table, but it’s not the position I’m looking at – it’s the points differences.
‘Four off the play-offs is what is in my vision and what I’m looking that.
‘Anything above that is a bonus.
‘That is what we are working to and we want to be in and around that play-off area.
‘We want to get there as soon as possible because then anything can happen. That’s our aim.
‘I don’t look at that (the gap to the top).
‘It’s the play-off points I’m looking at. Anything else is a bonus.’
With just three points covering the top nine teams in League Two, the table is making congested viewing.
Whttingham feels it’s important to take advantage when rivals drop points.
He said: It’s all concertinaed a bit with Chesterfield and Fleetwood dropping a few points of late.
‘Oxford hadn’t done that previously, and only got a point at Accrington.
‘So we’ll keep chasing and keep putting in the performances, because you never know.
‘Oxford, Chesterfield and Fleetwood started well, but they’ve been chopped back a little bit.
‘So there will be one or two teams who try to kick on a bit – and we have to make sure we are one of them.’
– jordan cross