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Jackett: Be More Streetwise

Manager’s message to team after Northampton defeat

12 September 2017

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

Kenny Jackett believes that Pompey were naïve in their defeat to Northampton.

Chris Long’s strike and a Matt Clarke own-goal had given the hosts a comfortable interval lead on a rain-soaked evening at Sixfields Stadium.

But Matty Kennedy reduced the deficit and there were plenty of other chances to raise hopes of a comeback among the travelling supporters.

Long added a third for the Cobblers against the run of play, though, and Jackett was unhappy with the way it was gifted to him.

The Blues boss said: “We certainly could have won that game and there certainly wasn’t a lack of application on our part.

“But there was a touch of naivety about us at times and we need to be more streetwise. We have to learn.

"There’s a naivety to us, but on the plus side there’s also plenty of enthusiasm."

Kenny Jackett

“The third goal summed us up. Kennedy runs off to get a drink, it was a poor strike from the keeper, the balls in our area and all of a sudden we’re 3-1 down.

“That was a period when we were working hard to get back into the match and you can’t let sides have that numerical advantage, even for a few seconds. It’s unprofessional.

“We had another player running off to get treatment for a bloody nose. If the referee sends you off then that’s fine or you go down – you don’t run off the pitch.

“So there’s a naivety to us, but on the plus side there’s also plenty of enthusiasm, a good attitude and no lack of ability.

“We created a lot of chances and for us to turn into a consistent winning unit we have to be right up there.

“It’s a work in progress, but you don’t come up against bad sides in this division and Northampton were good at what they did.”

Kennedy’s goal was his first in a Pompey shirt and Jackett was pleased with the on-loan winger’s overall display.

He said: “Fair play to Matty because generally he played very well, but we need to show more experience in certain areas.

“He’s a good player and deliverer of the ball. He has a lot of confidence and I’m pleased with what he’s brought to our side.”


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