How Danny Cowley joined former Spurs and West Ham manager Harry Redknapp after turning Fratton Park into a fortress again

Danny Cowley celebrates after Pompey’s stunning comeback clinched a 3-2 win over Wigan at Fratton Park. Photo: Jason Brown/ProSportsImages

The thrilling comeback against the Latics marks a remarkable turnaround at PO4 since their humiliation of Ipswich in October, while also representing their best run at home since the 2002-03 Division One campaign.

Danny Cowley’s side have won 14, drawn five and lost four of their home matches this season – the fourth-best record in League One.

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An influential factor that has contributed to this impressive stat is the Blues’ tremendous form since the 2-1 loss to Charlton on January 31.

Since then they have gone unbeaten in 10 matches and won thrilling victories over promotion-seeking Rotherham (3-0) and Wigan (3-2).

A key part of the title charge was their form at Fratton Park, as more than half of their 98 tally came from home (54).

Redkanpp’s closest manager before Cowley was Paul Cook in 2016-17.

In the 60-year-old’s three full seasons, he recorded 39, 43 and 42 points.

The Blues’ form since February 1 at Fratton Park is certainly akin to some form of promotion – something the former Lincoln boss has acknowledged.

However, their inconsistent away form has held them back in 2021-22 which will need to be rectified if they are to challenge for a championship next season.

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