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Fewer Changes Against Hawks

7 July 2017

Kenny Jackett appointed as Pompey manager

Boss looks forward to second friendly

The build-up to the new season continues at Westleigh Park on Saturday.

Pompey face recently-crowned Isthmian Premier Division champions Havant & Waterlooville in the second friendly of the summer (3pm kick-off).

Players have been back in training for more than a week now and already have a 3-0 victory over Salisbury under their belts.

Now Kenny Jackett is looking for his squad to continue moving through the gears against the Hawks.

The Blues boss said: “We played everyone for 45 minutes last week, but there will be fewer changes this time – and from now on.

“Where necessary, the focus is going to be on players getting 90 minutes. It’s all about making sure that when that Rochdale game comes around, we’re ready for it.

“Just playing games or just training isn’t enough – you need both. You’re preparing yourself for the games and having plans for when you’re in and out of possession.

"Where necessary, the focus is going to be on players getting 90 minutes."

Kenny Jackett

“Having the opportunity to work with them during the week is good because it gives me the chance to impose my style and enhance the many strengths that they have.

“We’ve mainly been concentrating on ball work in training, but it’s been tough with double sessions.

“The facilities are great and we give the players a couple of hours off in the middle of the day before starting again in the afternoon.

“It’s a new challenge at a different level this season – but it’s one that we’re all looking forward to.”

Former Pompey players Wes Fogden and Matt Tubbs could feature for the Hawks on Saturday.

Tickets are available on the gate, priced £12 for adults, and £8 for seniors (60+) and juniors (8-18). Entry is free for children under the age of eight.

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