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Jackett: An Exciting Group

Boss discusses transfer window and Doncaster clash

1 February 2018

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

It was certainly not the busiest transfer deadline day on record for Pompey.

But the loan return of goalkeeper Stephen Henderson from Nottingham Forest was not the only piece of business in January.

Most of the arrivals happened earlier in the month, with Sylvain Deslandes and Connor Ronan coming in at the turn of the year, while Anton Walkes was signed at the start of the week.

And Kenny Jackett is pleased with the mixture of youth and experience in a squad he believes can climb the League One table.

The Blues boss said: “We added an experienced goalkeeper who is a player I’ve been pursuing for a little while and I’m pleased to bring him in.

“He offers a presence in the box and brings organisation and talking, which is something that’s needed at the right time.

"It’s very easy to bring people in – it’s a lot harder to bring quality people in."

Kenny Jackett

“In terms of Luke McGee, I believe it will do him good – in the long run – to take a step back in order to go forward.

“We brought in a total of four players over January, with a couple of young defenders and a number 10 in Ronan, and I’m pleased with those additions.

“There are many links and enquiries made, but it’s very easy to bring people in – it’s a lot harder to bring quality people in.

“We’ve got a few experienced guys like Stephen, Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman, with people like Christian Burgess and Nathan Thompson who are established in the team.

“But the remainder of the squad are between 18 and 25. I think it’s an exciting group who want to step up and have a real good run at getting into that top six.”

Next up for Pompey is a Fratton clash with a Doncaster side who have only lost once in the league since the start of December.

Jackett said: “They’ve had a very good run up until last week and I’ve been impressed with what they have done.

“But we want to put on a really positive show for our supporters. If we can show the right levels of quality and enthusiasm then they will get behind us.

“Performances haven’t really dipped that much lately, but the bottom line is results and hopefully we can get the one we want on Saturday.”

Pompey have no new injury worries, although Adam May serves a one-match ban after being sent off against Shrewsbury.

Jackett said: “Jack Whatmough and Brandon Haunstrup are working towards their rehabilitation, but certainly won’t be ready for this weekend or any time in the near future.”


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