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Jackett: A Healthy Rivalry

Boss looks ahead to Plymouth clash

30 August 2018

Kenny Jackett
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Kenny Jackett is expecting a rip-roaring atmosphere to accompany Pompey’s clash with Plymouth this weekend.

The clubs have enjoyed plenty of competitive contests in recent years, especially during the hunt for League Two promotion.

Play-off drama and title battles have no doubt added to the sense of occasion surrounding meetings with the Pilgrims.

And Jackett is expecting the Fratton faithful to play their part in helping the hosts continue their bright start to the season.

The Blues boss said: “The fact that it’s two well-supported clubs means there will be a special atmosphere on the day.

“Going back the past few years there has been some rivalry between the clubs, but it’s a healthy one that’s good for football.

"We want to continue impressing in front of our fans and bring that fantastic Fratton support we have into play."

Kenny Jackett

“It’s not going to be any different on Saturday. The match will be keenly contested and both sides will be doing what they can to win.

“For us it starts a series of three home games in a week and we want to continue impressing in front of our fans and bring that fantastic Fratton support we have into play.

“They can really drive us on to victories, although we know we can’t simply turn up and have things go our way. You have to earn every point you get in this division.”

Pompey are unbeaten in League One so far this term, but Argyle sit bottom and have yet to taste victory.

Jackett said: “Plymouth had a great season last time out, but have changed a high number of players for whatever reason.

“So it will take a little time for them to settle and they were unlucky at Millwall in the cup on Wednesday because they played really well. I’m sure they’ll be finding form soon.”

Andre Green could be handed his debut in the Pompey forward line on Saturday, having completed a loan switch from Aston Villa.

Jackett said: “I spent three years working in the midlands with Wolves and have seen him develop in that time.

“I’ve been very impressed with him and the sheer strength of Aston Villa’s squad means they feel he’ll be better with us for this period.

“We’re grateful to Steve Bruce for letting him come and most importantly, I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Dion Donohue is the only player missing for Pompey, as he continues to build fitness following a groin problem.

Jackett said: “We have two games next Tuesday – one in the Checkatrade Trophy and then also at Plymouth in the Premier League Cup.

“It means Dion will be able to have his first minutes on the pitch this season following illness and injury.”

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