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Jackett: Keep Moving On

Boss looks ahead to Bury test

14 December 2017

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

Pompey produced an impressive performance to win at promotion-chasing Charlton last weekend.

So, in theory, they should have no problem beating bottom-of-the-table Bury on home soil this Saturday. Right?

Well, Kenny Jackett is certainly not treating the Shakers – who have yet to win away in the league this season – lightly.

And while his side have been in fine form over the past few weeks, he knows they cannot afford to be complacent.

The Blues boss said: “We never underestimate or overestimate any opposition. That was the case at Charlton and it’s the same on Saturday.

“You looked at Bury’s recruitment over the summer and it was very good, but for whatever reason it hasn’t quite happened for them.

"I hope the players can gain confidence from the Charlton result in a positive way, but that can’t be complacency."

Kenny Jackett

“They’ve got a new manager now who looks right for their club and I’m sure they’ll come good – it’s our job to make sure that’s not this weekend.

“We’ll be concentrating on our own game, though, and trying to make sure that we keep moving in the right direction.

“I hope the players can gain confidence from the Charlton result in a positive way, but that can’t be complacency.

“We’re not winning games by three or four goals and stretching away. We’re getting our noses in front and edging home very well.

“There have been efficient performances and we’re getting those basic things right that help you win matches.

“Our improvement throughout the season has been consistent and there are a lot of points to play for in the next few weeks, so we want to be as strong as possible.”

The treatment room is starting to clear and Jackett could have several more players to choose from against Bury.

He said: “Ben Close looks the closest to returning and hopefully Dion Donohue and Oliver Hawkins will be available.

"But Kal Naismith is doubtful. It was a really bad bang to his knee and the last bits of fluid are going now. He should be back outside in the next few days if he has no problems.”

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