Boss enjoys friendly win at Salisbury
Kenny Jackett enjoyed a winning start to life in the dug-out as Pompey manager.
There will, of course, be many more important fixtures than a trip to Wiltshire for a pre-season friendly with Salisbury.
But Jackett still welcomed a 3-0 victory over the Southern League outfit, courtesy of second half strikes from Milan Lalkovic, Tom Davies and Ben Close.
And with the entire side switched at half-time, it gave him the opportunity to cast an eye over the squad.
The Blues boss said: “It’s not everything, but you always want to build a winning culture in pre-season if you can.
“We got more dominant as time wore on and overall the game was a very useful exercise for us.
"I learnt a lot in terms of individuals and where they are fitness wise."
“We wanted to give everyone 45 minutes and this was an early chance for me to have a look at the players.
“I learnt a lot in terms of individuals and where they are fitness wise, as well as seeing all the young players we’ve got at the club.
“It’s a good period for me to assess how they’re performing in the games and on the training ground. Then I can work out where we need to improve.
“I was pleased with the players’ effort and there were some good performances. A lot of the younger guys impressed.
“The goals were also nice to see and it was definitely a step in the right direction for us as we gear up for August 5.”
Salisbury manager Steve Claridge came out of retirement at the age of 51 to start for the hosts against his former club.
Jackett said: “Credit to him because he must have a real enthusiasm for football to carry on playing.
“He got a terrific reception when he came off – and rightly so. We wish him and his team all the best for a successful season.”
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