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Three Is The Magic Number

Jackett looks ahead to MK Dons test and a big week for Pompey

12 October 2017

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

Pompey fans will rack up plenty of miles on the motorway next week.

Long trips north to Doncaster and Blackburn follow Saturday’s League One clash with MK Dons at Fratton Park.

Obviously, the main focus is currently on the visit of Robbie Neilson’s side to the south coast this weekend.

But Kenny Jackett is viewing that trio of matches as one block, as he looks for his troops to find some consistency.

The Blues boss said: “You build up for a series of games – and we’ve got three coming up now in the space of just eight days.

“This week has given us a chance to do some training and hopefully clear a few injuries, so that’s been useful.

"These are big games for us and a decent opportunity to collect points and move further up the league table."

Kenny Jackett

“There’s also a lot of rest and refocusing for this set of fixtures against MK Dons, Doncaster and Blackburn.

“These are big games for us and a decent opportunity to collect points and move further up the league table.”

MK Dons are only below the Blues on goal difference and Jackett knows they will pose a threat on Saturday.

He said: “They’re a very good footballing team with some pace in forward areas and I’m sure they’re one of many who have aspirations of getting into the top six.

“MK Dons have done well in recent seasons and got up into the Championship. Like ourselves, I’m they’ll be ambitious and went to repeat that.

“They have plenty lot of talent in their ranks and a lot of ball-playing midfielders. We have to be wary of that, but we’ve got goals at home and want that to continue.

“We had a very good win on the road at Gillingham last week and now we want to build on that at Fratton Park.”

Jackett expects to have two more players to choose from on Saturday, as Pompey’s long injury list starts to shorten.

He said: “We’re optimistic that both Christian Burgess and Milan Lalkovic will be fit and that will help us.

“Brett Pitman’s coming along nicely and should be back within a fortnight. Conor Chaplin won’t be ready for Saturday, but he’s close and we’re hopeful he’ll be fine for Tuesday.”

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