Portsmouth and MK Dons treading similar paths

"It reminds me of us the way he’s trying to change the mentality from the last manager"

Friday, 16th April 2021, 2:22 pm
Updated Friday, 16th April 2021, 2:24 pm
Danny Cowley took over at Portsmouth last month

Portsmouth's recent transition under new manager Danny Cowley reminds Russell Martin of his own journey at MK Dons.

Taking over from Kenny Jackett last month after nearly four years in charge at Fratton Park has reinvigorated Pompey's promotion push, losing just once in their last six as they have established themselves again as a play-off contender. They head to Stadium MK on Saturday to take on Dons, who sit 14th but eager to finish the season on a high after a disappointing 4-0 defeat to Lincoln City on Tuesday.

The shift in styles between Jackett and Cowley has a familiar feel for Dons boss Martin, who has undergone a similar transition at Stadium MK.

"It reminds me of us the way he’s trying to change the mentality from the last manager," said Martin ahead of the game between the sides on Saturday. "They’ll be pushing hard to try take some momentum into the play offs.

"Portsmouth and the Cowley’s are two I have a lot of respect for. A lot of people feel they were unfortunate to lose their job at Huddersfield – they’ve done a good job wherever they’ve been.

"You know what you’ll get as they are a team full of intensity. It’s no surprise to see their results because they are a big club for this level and have a great squad. The expectation because of the size is heavy and they have to carry that. They have a manager now who will use that to his advantage as he pushes them forward.

"I’m really excited about the game, we need a reaction, it’s a big test against a very good side."