Portsmouth manager Andy Awford says he is expecting a tough test when his squad travel to Northampton Town on Tuesday.The Cobblers have won seven of their last nine Sky Bet League 2 matches in a spell that has taken them from flirting with the relegation places, to six points of the Play-Offs.
Only Portsmouth themselves have taken more points than Northampton from their last six games, and Awford is relishing what he thinks will be an extremely tight affair.
“Chris Wilder won manager of the month for January and although we’re top of the current form table, they’re second,” he told Portsmouth’s official site.
“He’s got them playing very well over the last few weeks and it’s going to be a very difficult game.
“Chris did a great job keeping Northampton up last season and then they recovered from a shaky start earlier in this campaign.
“They’ve strung a great run of results together and are a decent outfit who are moving in the right direction.
“I expect it to be very tight, but most games in our league are. I’ve said time and time again that anyone can beat anyone.
“But with two teams playing well and full of confidence it should hopefully be a good match for the supporters.”
Victory for Portsmouth at Sixfields would draw them level in the table with Northampton, who sit 10th with 47 points.