De Laet eyes play-offs
On-loan defender Ritchie de Laet is hoping Portsmouth can mount a late burst for the play-offs.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 01/03/11 6:18pm
On-loan defender Ritchie de Laet is hoping Portsmouth can mount a late burst for the play-offs after turning their season round.
The South Coast club won their fourth consecutive game at the weekend with an impressive 2-0 victory at Ipswich, a run which has seen Pompey climb away from the relegation scrap in recent weeks.
However, with just 10 points separating Portsmouth from the top six, and a game in hand over their rivals, De Laet believes that things are finally looking up for financially-stricken club.
"We've picked up four wins and four clean sheets recently, plus a good draw against Derby, so the last three or four weeks have gone well for us," De Laet told skysports.com.
"We can look forward more now rather than always peering over our shoulders to see what the rest have done because of the last three or four results.
"A club like Portsmouth doesn't belong down there, but then there are quite a few clubs struggling down there that shouldn't be there, so it shows how competitive and tough this division is.
"The quality of players that the club have got here shouldn't be looking down, so hopefully we can focus on moving up the table now and leave the relegation battle to others.
"The play-offs may be a bridge too far for us, but all we can do is keep working hard and try to keep the run going and see where it takes us."
Portsmouth have struggled to adapt to the Championship this season, with a threadbare squad and a change at the helm adding to their off-field problems, but De Laet is confident that those woes are behind them now.
He added: "They have 15 or 16 professional players contracted to the club, with another four or five currently on loan, so it was always going to be difficult for a club with that size of squad to do well in a tough division like the Championship.
"It is such a long season with so many games to squeeze in and two different cup competitions as well, so it has been hard, but we've been digging in and thankfully the results are going our way at the moment and long may that continue."