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Jackett: We Eventually Got Going

Boss reflects on victory over AFC Wimbledon

26 December 2017

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

You would certainly not describe it as a Christmas cracker.

Pompey’s Boxing Day contest with AFC Wimbledon at Fratton Park was – in truth – rather dull at times, with both sides looking like they had perhaps enjoyed too much turkey the previous day.

But the hosts got the job done, with Brett Pitman grabbing a winning penalty after Ben Close’s opener had been cancelled out by Lyle Taylor’s spot-kick.

Kenny Jackett was pleased with the result, although now he wants his side to enjoy more convincing victories.

The Blues boss said: “We got ourselves in front twice and I’m pleased to say that we eventually saw it through.

“I haven’t seen either of the big decisions again, but my first impression is that they were both penalties.

"Our next challenge is to really get at sides, rather than just staying in games."

Kenny Jackett

“Our better chances and spells arrived in the second half when the match had opened up a bit more.

“AFC Wimbledon had an opportunity right at the very start of the game and then they had the penalty, but otherwise created very little.

“The pitch did very to hold up considering the conditions and we did manage to eventually get going and play some constructive football.

“Our next challenge is to really get at sides, rather than just staying in games, being solid and competitive.”

Close opened his Pompey scoring account at Blackpool in November, but this was his first goal on home soil

Jackett said: “He’s come through the youth policy here and has been a key player for us this season, so I’m delighted for him.

“Ben has been one of our standout performers in midfield and it’s great for him to get his first one at Fratton Park.

“He recently signed his new contract, so hopefully he can continue building his Pompey career. He certainly has the ability and temperament.”

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