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Jackett: Set-Pieces Cost Us

Boss reflects on Bradford defeat

28 October 2017

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

A quick look at the stats will tell you that Pompey were in charge of the contest.

They had more possession, shots on target, total shots and corners than high-flying Bradford at Fratton Park.

But it was the visitors who ended up leading in what is ultimately the only category that matters – goals.

Pompey were unable to turn their dominance into points and Matthew Kilgallon’s late header saw the Bantams leave with all three points.

And Kenny Jackett believes that a failure to make the most of their numerous set-pieces is what cost his side.

The Blues boss said: “A lot of the aspects of our play were very good – our tempo, we passed the ball well and created a number of chances.

“We dominated a lot of the match, but didn’t do enough from our set-pieces and sometimes you need that in tight games.

"We’ve had probably three times as many wide free-kicks and corners, but didn’t look anywhere near as potent."

Kenny Jackett

“Getting the right ball into the box and attacking it at the right time is something that we just didn’t do and it’s feature of where we are.

“Bradford didn’t have many, but they nailed one of them. McMahon’s assists are very high and a key header from Kilgallon got them the points.

“We’ve had probably three times as many wide free-kicks and corners, but didn’t look anywhere near as potent.

“Unfortunately we just didn’t create clear-cut chances from those set-pieces and I think that was key on this occasion.

“It’s something we need to improve on and it’s been reflective of our season so far. We look at it every week and have to be better.

“There were some good things, though, and if we play like we did in this game then we will definitely pick up points.”


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