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Jackett: Everyone Did Their Job

Defensive display pleases boss after victory over Bristol Rovers

26 September 2017

Oliver Hawkins and Brett Pitman will undoubtedly take the plaudits following a 3-0 victory over Bristol Rovers.

The former opened his goalscoring account for the club with a header late in the first half at Fratton Park.

And it was Pitman who then made sure of the points by adding a late brace to take his personal tally to eight.

But Kenny Jackett knows that the contest was not as one-sided as the scoreline suggests and was pleased with the way his side soaked up pressure before ruthlessly seeing off their opponents.

The Blues boss said “It was a hard-fought victory. We hung in there during the first half and did very well defensively as a team.

“Bristol Rovers were on top early on, but we didn’t give them any chances and everyone did their job.

"That saw us get our noses in front and then we capitalised on that during the second half."

Kenny Jackett

“I was pleased that Hawkins scored his first goal for the club and that should give him a lot of confidence.

“That saw us get our noses in front and then we capitalised on that during the second half, creating more chances and adding a couple more goals.

“We had a big opportunity that Hawkins should have scored from a header and you wonder then if it will come back to bite you.

“But Brett has netted twice and that’s great – now we’re working on trying to add goals from other areas.

“There was some doubt because he was struggling with a knee injury, but he’s a determined character and doesn’t want to miss any football.”

Conor Chaplin and Damien McCrory both missed the game through injury, but Jackett believes that they will not be out for long.

He said: “I think it will be tough for either of them to come back for Saturday, but we’ll stay open-minded and see how it goes.”

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