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Jackett: Close Encounters

Boss expecting a tight encounter against AFC Wimbledon

31 December 2018

Kenny Jackett

There are likely to be a few fans feeling worse for wear as they take their seat at Fratton Park on New Year’s Day.

But the holiday season for the Pompey squad just means even more games, with AFC Wimbledon the next south coast visitors.

A thrilling 5-2 victory at Fleetwood on Saturday ensured they would start 2019 at the League One summit.

And Kenny Jackett hopes his side can help the Fratton faithful shake off those hangovers with another vibrant display.

The Blues boss said: “I’m looking forward to the game and it comes off the back of a very good performance at Fleetwood at the weekend.

"A big thing for us is putting on a performance of quality and passion that brings our supporters into play."

Kenny Jackett

“We have to make sure that we take that into this match and that we don’t underestimate – or overestimate – any opposition.

“A big thing for us is putting on a performance of quality and passion that brings our supporters into play.

“AFC Wimbledon are under new management now and have had some positive results lately – there are no easy games in this division.

“I’m sure it will be a close and competitive contest on New Year’s Day and we have to get the details right to win it.

“If people look like they need a break to restore their energy levels then that’s what you have a squad for.”

Pompey take a break from league action after facing the Dons, with FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy clashes stealing the focus.

Jackett said: “There are two cup competitions to compete in and we go to both Norwich and Southend in quick succession.

“We’ve got plenty more travelling ahead – that’s no problem for us, although we appreciate what our supporters do to back the team in large numbers.”


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