Pompey tipped for League Two promotion

Jayden Stockley. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jayden Stockley. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey will win promotion from League Two this season.

That is the verdict of Jayden Stockley after this week leaving Fratton Park following the expiry of his loan.

The team is getting better and better, dominating games every week. The gaffer is striving for the club to meet certain standards and he will achieve success there

Jayden Stockley

The striker spent the first half of the campaign with Paul Cook’s side, scoring twice in 12 matches.

Even when injured and out of favour, he was present at home matches watching from the South stand with other players.

Presently Pompey are fourth in the table, four points off third place.

But the 22-year-old has no doubts Pompey will go up from the Football League’s bottom division.

Stockley said: ‘Pompey will definitely get promoted this season, I’m sure of it.

‘They have played everyone and, while I have probably been most impressed with Oxford, Pompey will be in the mix, the quality of the side is just unbelievable.

‘It wouldn’t surprise me to see more faces added this month to make the squad even stronger.

‘The team is getting better and better, dominating games every week. The gaffer is striving for the club to meet certain standards and he will achieve success there, I think they will be promoted.

‘They will click and become even better and hopefully put in a consistent run to get into that top three and stay there.

‘You look at Pompey’s strengths, when the tempo is faster they keep possession and peg teams in, a lot of teams come to Fratton Park for a point.

‘Enda Stevens and Ben Davies have great delivery from the outside, while Danny Hollands has been brilliant for the team since he came back into the side, with a lot of his stuff going unnoticed.

‘There is that quality coming off the bench as well.

‘A lot of teams haven’t got that luxury.’

An ankle injury for Stockley at the start of October ruled him out for almost two months.

During that time Cook recruited Caolan Lavery and then Marc McNulty on loan to bolster his attack.

Both have proven to be massive hits, scoring 10 goals between them, with McNulty now signed up for the rest of the season.

Throw in Matt Tubbs, who is now training again, and Stockley is impressed with the striking pool.

He added: ‘The pair of them are good players and both offer something different to each other. Lavs can stretch it which allows McNulty to get on the ball and show his talent.

‘They are different players to me, which is good to have.

‘You need four good strikers to all offer something different.

‘And there is a lot of talent there at the minute.

‘Matt Tubbs is one of the best goalscorers at the club and naturally wherever he goes will score goals and whenever he plays will score goals.

‘When he gets back fit and playing every week – wherever that may be – it won’t be long before you see Tubbsy scoring more goals.’