Boss looks ahead to Leyton Orient clash
Some supporters will already be calculating how many points are required for Pompey to win promotion.
The finish line is still a long way in the distance, however, and there is plenty of the race left to run.
Struggling Leyton Orient – who are just four points above the drop zone – will be equally eager for a win when they visit Fratton Park on Saturday.
And Paul Cook is not looking past that clash as his side try to put the disappointment of defeat at Doncaster in their last outing behind them.
The Blues boss said: “It’s frustrating when you lose, but that’s gone and the important thing now is the remaining 21 games.
“This is a tough and unforgiving league and we’re focused on what we’ve got to do – which is obtaining the maximum amount of points as we can.
“We know that every match is tough these days and Leyton Orient will certainly be no different.
“It’s vital that we just concentrate on each one as it comes and there are no games bigger than this one on Saturday.
“If we’re going to achieve our goals then there’s a certain number of points we’ll have to collect and the quicker you reach that, the quicker you’ll be successful.
“It looks a big mountain to climb at the moment, but every step you take will get you that bit nearer to the top.”
Cook was this week revealed as the bookmakers’ favourite for the vacant managerial position at Chesterfield – the club he joined Pompey from – but was quick to dismiss the speculation.
He said: “There’s absolutely no story there and I really don’t know where it all comes from.
“I’ve been given tremendous backing at this club in order to deliver success and I won’t leave until I’ve done my best to achieve that.”
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