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Jackett: Finding The Right Balance

Blues will be working on Christmas Day

24 December 2017

Most people will run downstairs on Christmas morning, eager to see what Santa has left under the tree.

There will also be plenty of running for the Pompey squad on December 25 – but that will take place on the training pitch.

A day off is not really possible when you have the traditional Boxing Day fixture to prepare for.

Although Kenny Jackett is not a complete Scrooge and will allow his players some time to enjoy the festivities.

The Blues boss said: “Funnily enough, there does appear to be a generally happy mood on that particular day.

“People don’t complain and you get the right amount of work done, although you do try not to labour it.

"To represent this club and be involved in the job we’re in is a privilege and you have to recognise that."

Kenny Jackett

“Getting the balance right is key and the vast majority of lads here are local, so come lunchtime they will all be heading off to their families.

“It is needed because we have an important game on Boxing Day and so we have to be professional.

“To represent this club and be involved in the job we’re in is a privilege and you have to recognise that.”

Pompey will look to recover from defeat at Shrewsbury when they welcome AFC Wimbledon to Fratton Park.

Jackett said: “This is a period where you can pick up a lot of points in a short space of time, although everyone feels the same.

“I don’t like forgetting about past results completely, but we must quickly turn our focus to facing AFC Wimbledon. We expect the side to be resilient, bounce back, learn and work hard to improve.”


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