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Jackett: Another Crunch Weekend

Boss ready for Plymouth test as play-off quest intensifies

12 April 2018

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

A simple race for the play-offs would be exciting enough in the final few weeks of the season.

But the fact that Pompey still have to face three of their top six rivals should make the run-in even more exhilarating.

Clashes with Charlton and Peterborough lie in wait, but first up is Saturday’s trip to Home Park to face Plymouth.

The Pilgrims are one point – and two places – higher in the table and Kenny Jackett is thrilled that there is so much to play for.

The Blues boss said: “We’re delighted that our season is still open and we’re one of the sides in there fighting for the top six.

“You look at other results and Wimbledon beating Charlton on Tuesday aided us, but ultimately we have to help ourselves.

"We’re delighted that our season is still open and we’re one of the sides in there fighting for the top six."

Kenny Jackett

“There have been some really big games for us recently that we’ve needed to win in order to keep pace and we’ve managed to give ourselves a chance.

“The players have responded very well and so have the fans – they’ve got behind the team and helped us pick up results.

“That’s put us in the position where we find ourselves now and it’s another crunch weekend for us to look forward to – long may that continue.

“We’re on 62 points right now and have to stay positive, working hard to earn everything that we can get.”

Pompey’s victory over Arglye at the end of November sent the visitors to the foot of the League One table.

But they have lost just twice in 20 matches since then to enjoy an incredible surge back up the standings.

Jackett said: “Plymouth had their injury problems earlier in the season – especially in goal – but they’ve come through that and have got a settled side.

“It’s been a superb run for them that they’ll be looking to continue and it’s a great game to be involved in.

“We weren’t at our best last Saturday and will need to be better than that, but I’ve been pleased with the players in training and there seemed to be a lot of energy.”

Anton Walkes limped off injured at Rochdale, but Jackett is pleased to have plenty of options at his disposal.

He said: “We’ve had a stronger bench recently, with everyone but Danny Rose fit and available. It’s provided more competition.

“It’s disappointing to have lost Anton because he’d been performing well, but we’ve got enough competition in the squad.”

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