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A Game Of Two Halves

Jackett reflects on draw at Doncaster

25 August 2018

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Many of the visiting fans would have bitten your hand off had a point been proffered at half-time.

And yet by the end of Pompey’s game at Doncaster, those same supporters were probably disappointed not to have secured all three.

It was Rovers who dominated the opening 45 minutes, with their opponents not looking like a side who had won four successive League One fixtures.

But there was a massive improvement after the break and Gareth Evans was twice denied by Marko Marosi, who later saw red for a handball.

And Kenny Jackett was pleased with the way his troops fought back to finish a positive week with a draw.

The Blues boss said: “We had to defend in the first half, but we did it well and denied them many clear-cut chances.

“But we didn’t really get going and, in the main, it was Doncaster who were on top and in the ascendency.

"“It was better after the break and we did need to come back because otherwise the match was going to fall away from us."

Kenny Jackett

“That changed in the second half. We had more of the ball and created some excellent opportunities – perhaps the best of the game.

“Gareth got in twice and is usually a good finisher, although to be fair, the goalkeeper made a couple of excellent saves.

“Ronan Curtis then went through one-on-one and their keeper had to make a deliberate handball outside the box.

“It was better after the break and we did need to come back because otherwise the match was going to fall away from us.

“We lost here and at Bristol Rovers last season and now we’ve taken four points out of six on the road.”

Jackett made two changes at the break, with Ben Thompson and Oli Hawkins replaced by Ben Close and Brett Pitman.

The manager explained: “There were different people I could have taken off, but we needed more energy and some more football in midfield.”

Jackett was frustrated that Pompey could not take advantage of Doncaster playing the final few minutes with an outfield player in goal.

He said: “We perhaps pushed too many people forward at that point because we needed more play in midfield to build things up and get our full-backs into the wide areas.”


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