|Portsmouth 2 v 1 AFC Wimbledon|
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Saturday, 11th January 2020 Kick-off 15:00
Cup wins are all very well but a Pompey win over the Dons is worth more
Friday, 10th Jan 2020 20:17 by pompey-fans.com staff
After a week of cup successes on the road, most will agree the need for league points on home soil against AFC Wimbledon is a more important task than the ones passed at Fleetwood and Walsall.
A return of only one point from league visits to MK Dons and Gillingham has put the pressure back on in the Blues' battle to be considered serious promotion contenders.
It was at this time last year that their lead at the top slipped away - this very weekend 12 months brought a dismal home defeat to Blackpool, the first of eight League One games without a win.
So Kenny Jackett and his players will surely be only too aware of the need to make home advantage count against one of the bottom six. Although the Blues home record against struggling sides this season has been good, relatively fresh in their minds will be the 1-0 defeat at Kingsmeadow in October which angered many of those present.
Pompey will start the afternoon just one point off sixth-placed Peterborough but also knowing that a slip-up could drag them back into mid-table mediocrity.
Jackett told the Pompey website: 'We’re delighted to get through in the cup games, but now we’re back to league action and that’s our priority. So we have to show that on Saturday with a really good attitude and appetite, setting the bar really high and making sure we play to our best.
'There are a number of teams that promotion is a target for – and I’m pleased to say that we’re one of them. It’s a very open division and we’re the ones that have to capitalise on that because all three places are available.
'We want to be one of those sides that, come May, are promoted to the Championship and will need a run between now and the end of the season.
'They (Wimbledon) beat us with a last-minute goal in a game where we dominated. It was frustrating to come away with no points. Like everyone, they have threats and they also have a nice shape about them. It’s mainly about our own team, though, and reaching our potential.'
New loan signing Cameron McGeehan is expected to come straight into the side.