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Jackett Praises Clinical Pompey

Blues hit the goal trail against Fleetwood

16 September 2017

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

Kenny Jackett is pleased that Pompey have managed to find their shooting boots.

There have been plenty of spurned chances this season, but the net kept bulging as Fleetwood were put to the sword at Fratton Park.

Brett Pitman and Jamal Lowe both bagged a brace in a 4-1 triumph that saw the hosts climb into the top half of the League One table.

And Jackett believes that prolific touch in front of goal was what settled an otherwise close encounter.

The Blues boss said: “Fleetwood are a strong team and they caused us problems, but we defended well.

“And the difference this time was our finishing – it was clinical and it has to be if you want to be a successful team.

"Two goals each for Lowe and Pitman is very encouraging and that’s what ultimately put us in pole position."

Kenny Jackett

“Two goals each for Lowe and Pitman is very encouraging and that’s what ultimately put us in pole position.

“There were fine margins and it wasn’t as emphatic as the scoreline perhaps suggests, but we created a high number of openings.

“The difference between this performance and at Northampton on Tuesday was that this time we took those chances.

“It’s a high energy league and at the end of what we saw as an eight-day week, yours must be above the opposition.”

Lowe opened his league account for the campaign with a rare header and a fine finish from a tight angle.

Jackett said: “He’s had plenty of opportunities this season, so it will give him some encouragement that’s he managed to put a couple away.

“It’s his first full season in professional football and at times you can see some naivety, but there’s terrific potential to capitalise on.

“If he keeps his feet on the ground and works hard then I believe he can produce a rapid rate of improvement.”

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