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Jackett: Room For Improvement

Boss looks ahead to Blackpool test

9 August 2018

Kenny Jackett

Pompey got the 2018/19 campaign off to a winning start at a packed Fratton Park.

But Kenny Jackett is still hoping for an improved display from his troops when they travel to Blackpool this weekend.

He conceded that they were not at their best in a 1-0 victory over Luton – courtesy of Jamal Lowe’s strike – on home soil.

So Jackett expects more against a Seasiders outfit who saw manager Gary Bowyer step down earlier in the week.

The Blues boss said: “We have a win to build on, but we want to be better than we were in many areas last week. We’ll need to be

“Of course we have to be honest about the level of the performance and now it’s a big few days for us, with Blackpool on the road and then two home games.

"We have a win to build on, but we want to be better than we were in many areas last week."

Kenny Jackett

“We need to make adjustments and we want better build-up and composure because we didn’t get on the ball enough.

“Blackpool have made many changes over the summer – as a lot of sides have – and will be trying to find a rhythm.

“But we just have to concentrate on ourselves and work towards trying to produce a positive display on Saturday.

“There are a lot of fans travelling up this weekend. We’ll be very well supported and want to reward them for that.”

Brett Pitman scored a huge chunk of Pompey’s goals last season and Jackett wants to see more players chipping in this term.

He said: “Brett’s contribution has been excellent and we’ve brought guys in this season who can help with that.

“We want to see those goals spread around a little bit more and also coming from other areas of the pitch. “

Pompey are likely to be without Nathan Thompson at Bloomfield Road after the right-back jarred his knee against Luton.

Jackett said: “He’s not as bad as first feared – which is good news. I don’t know if he’ll be ready for this weekend, but there was no major damage.”

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