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Kennedy: Straight From The Training Ground

Why Pitman's Southend winner should not come as a surprise

18 November 2017

Pompey winger Matty Kennedy in action against Southend United at Fratton Park

Matty Kennedy did not have any thoughts about taking on his man and advancing towards goal.

No, the substitute knew that he just had to deliver the ball into the box and Brett Pitman would do the rest.

Kenny Jackett brought the winger on at the start of the second half against Southend with the deadlock remaining unbroken.

And he soon provided the perfect cross for Pitman to guide home, securing a second successive league victory.

Kennedy said: “Both teams had their chances in the first half and it could really have gone either way.

“But the big man’s popped up with a header again and I just get told to cross the ball so he can get on the end of it.

"We’re always working hard with our crossing in training, so it’s obviously nice to see that paying off on the pitch."

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“He scores a lot of goals and has done his job for the team yet again. He does it week in, week out.

“We’re always working hard with our crossing in training, so it’s obviously nice to see that paying off on the pitch.

“It’s satisfying when you’re putting in all that effort during the week and then come away with the victory on a Saturday.”

Kennedy has started the past two games on the bench and hopes that will ensure he is full of energy when next called upon.

He said: “Of course it’s disappointing to be out of the team, but I just had to take it on the chin.

“I feel that I’ve been playing well, although it does mean that you’re a bit fresher for when the gaffer does decide to pick you.

“There are 46 games in the season, so we’ll need more than just me and Jamal Lowe in the wide positions.”


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