Portsmouth manager Paul Cook retains automatic promotion hope

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook
Paul Cook is hoping to overhaul his former club Accrington in the race for automatic promotion

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook is refusing to "throw in the towel" on automatic promotion from League Two until it is mathematically impossible.

Pompey need to win their remaining two games to stand any chance of finishing in the division's top three.

Cook's side are already guaranteed a play-off place, but he believes they can still secure more.

"We can do anything," he said. "We'll be full tilt on Saturday (at Hartlepool) trying our best to win."

To be promoted automatically, Pompey would need victories against both Hartlepool and League Two champions Northampton, plus Accrington, Oxford United and Bristol Rovers all to drop points.

"I think when you have two games left and it's mathematically possible, then you have to believe in it," Cook told BBC Radio Solent.

"At the end of the season, the table will tell no lies. You get the points that you deserve and the top three will deserve to be the top three.

"We'll be the first to congratulate the two teams that go up with Northampton. If we're not one of them, we'll get on with the play-offs with the rest of them."

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