Automatic promotion still in the sights of McGeehan and Jackett

NEW signing Cameron McGeehan is in line to make his debut at home to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday with the midfielder confident automatic promotion is there for the taking for Pompey.

The 24-year-old joined from Barnsley in midweek and intends to make sure he helps guide Kenny Jackett’s side into the Championship before his loan deal ends in May.

Whilst not ruling out making his stay at Fratton Park permanent, the Kingston-born player’s immediate priority is to help fire his new team into the promotion places.

“The automatics are still there for anyone to take – you can see how tight the league is,” said McGeehan, who was part of the Barnsley team that produced a 20-game unbeaten run last term that helped them claim the second League One promotion spot.

“You have a really good manager who has experience of getting teams up, getting teams promoted, and they just missed out last year. I’m sure this year it’s about who can put the best run together, and I’m sure that can be us.”

Jackett is well aware that League One is wide open, and is targeting a run of form that will see Portsmouth cement their place in the top six, if not the top two.

They currently sit just a point off the play-offs, and six behind second-placed Rotherham with a game in hand. After their home game against Wimbledon they face trips to Bolton and Lincoln – three games Pompey should be confident of picking up maximum points from.

“There are a number of teams that promotion is a target for and I’m pleased to say that we’re one of them,” said Jackett, whose side’s best league run this season is seven games unbeaten from the end of October through to mid-December – four wins and three draws.

“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.”

• Former Pompey commercial director and general manager, Ray Stainton, has died at the age of 77. Along with his work at Fratton Park he will also be remembered for his association with the likes of Waterlooville, Gosport and the part he played in the formation of Havant and Waterlooville.