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Jackett's Perfect Start

Boss pleased with opening day triumph

5 August 2017

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

You sign a new striker and he bags two goals on his debut.

A goalkeeper is brought in and celebrates his first competitive appearance with a clean sheet.

And you also secure victory in your first match as Pompey manager in front of a packed Fratton Park.

All in all, it was a rather good day for Kenny Jackett, who watched his side open their League One campaign by beating Rochdale 2-0.

A neat individual goal from Pitman just 34 seconds after the interval opened the scoring, before the skipper wrapped things up with a neat header in stoppage-time.

And while Jackett conceded that it was not a flawless performance, he was still pretty happy with the outcome.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve signed a new centre-forward and he’s got a couple of goals, while our new keeper kept a clean sheet.

“They’re both positives and getting off to a winning start is also very good. It’s great for Brett and it gives him something to build on.

"I’m pleased with my first competitive game at Fratton Park and we’ll keep trying to improve."

Kenny Jackett

“We had long spells of possession and sometimes didn’t do well enough with it. We could have passed it better and been more crisp.

“There were also some unforced errors, but these are things that we can work on and I was pleased with our character.

“It would have been nice to take a couple more of those chances in the second half and put it to bed a little bit earlier than we did.

“But overall I’m pleased with my first competitive game at Fratton Park and we’ll keep trying to improve.

“It was a fantastic crowd with a great atmosphere and I really appreciate them getting behind the players.”

There were also a couple of big talking points, with Keith Keane sent off for the visitors for fouling Conor Chaplin as he burst through on goal.

Jamal Lowe followed him down the tunnel in the closing stages following a late challenge on Jamie Allen.

Jackett said: “Conor puts the ball past him and the referee had no choice but to send him off – that’s how it looked to me.

“I was surprised that the red card came out for the second one, but the referee was a lot nearer than me and he reacted very quickly.

“He thought it was an over the top tackle and unfortunately we just have to accept that decision.”

Another blow for Pompey was the sight of debutant Tareiq Holmes-Dennis limping off before the break, with Drew Talbot – who had been a surprise starter at right-back – taking over his position on the left.

Jackett explained: “Tareiq had a problem with his knee and was suffering with some pain. Hopefully it’s not too serious and I was just a bit frustrated that I hadn’t put Brandon Haunstrup on the bench.

“Fair play to Drew Talbot. He did well in both the right and left-back slots, and showed that he’s a very good professional.

“I was also lining up Milan Lalkovic to play, but he got injured in training at the last minute. It looks like he might be out for a few weeks.”

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