Boss seeks transfer amid Portsmouth rivals' promotion relief.
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The outcome of Saturday’s game versus Wigan Athletic was irrelevant because the title had already been decided. Portsmouth lost 2-1 at Fratton Park, but that didn’t dampen the jubilation after the game, as John Mousinho’s side finally won the trophy.

Portsmouth’s celebrations will have lasted well into the night, but there is still much to play for in the league table. Derby County is yet to secure second place, and the play-off positions are also undecided.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what else is happening in League One.

Derby relief

Despite trying to find a rhythm, Paul Warne was relieved when Derby County beat Cambridge United on Saturday. The Rams are now three points clear of third-placed Bolton Wanderers, and as the season comes to a close, they know a draw against Carlisle United will be enough to reclaim their Championship status.

Derby may have been promoted already if other results had gone their way on Saturday, but they head into the final weekend as strong favourites to join Pompey in the second flight.

“It is just relief really,” Warne said after the game, according to Derbyshire Live. “We didn’t play well. We just needed to win. I had instructed the lads to play without fear, but to be scared of the moments.

“If it is your responsibility to pick someone up on a set piece, make sure you do it. If your job is to win a tackle, then do it. If it’s a header, do it.

“Do not worry about the outcome. If you do those tasks, the rest will take care of itself. It was awful to watch. We did not play any football. But teams have come here, attempted to play, and failed. It was simply about winning. I was very delighted with that and the defenders. “They were amazing.”

Jones predicts big summer

Charlton Athletic manager Nathan Jones expects significant changes to his playing team over the summer following a difficult season at The Valley. Charlton look certain to finish 16th in League One this season, and the former Southampton and Luton manager anticipates a number of crucial arrivals to help the team contend next season.

“Since I’ve come in, the players have really responded,” Jones told South London Press. “However, there are several things we could have done better. Yes, we’ve had an uplift, set foundations, and gone 14 games unbeaten, but this might have easily been nine victories and five draws, not the opposite.

“We will bring in a number of players, and we know exactly which roles they will fill. All of these guys will be of sufficient quality to enhance the XI. We don’t want to bring in squad members because we already have a large enough squad. We have young players and academy graduates that we will promote.

“We will sign players to improve our XI. If we don’t do it, the summer would be wasted – but we will.”

 

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