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Jackett Not Camera Shy

Boss looking forward to televised Gillingham clash

6 October 2017

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

With Super Sunday, Monday Night Football et al, the third tier of English football can often get overlooked.

But the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea have stepped aside this weekend to give Pompey centre stage.

The Sky Sports cameras will be at Priestfield to watch them take on a Gillingham side who have yet to appoint a successor to recently departed manager Ady Pennock.

And Kenny Jackett knows it provides his troops a rare chance to impress in front of a national audience.

The Blues boss said: “It’s a great opportunity for us with the international break meaning that Premier League and Championship sides aren’t playing.

“The focus falls on Pompey this weekend and it’s up to us to give a good performance and provide a positive reflection of this club.

"There haven’t been many draws and we try to really go for games with a large number of attacking players on the pitch."

Kenny Jackett

“Tuesday night helped us and can hopefully give us some confidence, but we all know that competition’s not as important as the league.

“We’re five points off the play-off positions and five points off the relegation spaces – that’s where we are as a team.

“There haven’t been many draws and we try to really go for games with a large number of attacking players on the pitch.

“Would we like some more consistency and to move up the league? Yes, of course. That’s our aim, but you have to earn everything you get.

“Gillingham is a tough place to go, so we’ll have to roll our sleeves up and work hard for any points that we can get.

“Whoever is in charge there on Sunday, we know that they’ll be fighting to improve their position and we have to produce a quality display.”

Jackett is keeping his fingers crossed that a couple of injured players might return, although strikers Conor Chaplin and Brett Pitman are definitely sidelined.

He said: “We have a chance of both Burgess and Thompson coming back, but that decision won’t be taken until Saturday.

“Chaplin felt his hamstring during the warm-up on Tuesday and he won’t be available. It’s niggly rather than a real pull, but it’s enough to keep him out.”

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