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Jackett: We Want To Reward Travelling Army

Boss looks ahead to MK Dons trip

8 February 2018

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

It is an amount of fans that would impress many League One clubs for a home game.

But the 6,000-strong army backing the Blues this weekend are not going to be located at Fratton Park.

No, that is the number of tickets that Pompey have managed to sell for their away fixture at MK Dons.

And now Kenny Jackett wants to make sure that his side give those supporters plenty of reason to cheer.

The Blues boss said: “It’s a great turnout and all of us – me, my staff and the players – are looking forward to the game.

“We’ve got a fantastic following and now we’re determined to put on a performance that warrants that kind of support.

"That kind of backing going up to Milton Keynes is great for us and something that we want to reward."

Kenny Jackett

“If we can get on a good run in the last few months of the season then we can have a crack at the top six, but it needs to start now.

“So that kind of backing going up to Milton Keynes is great for us and something that we want to reward.

“We’ve been frustrated with a lack of clean sheets recently – it’s been nine games since we’ve had one. We’re always looking to improve in every department.”

MK Dons recently brought in Dan Micciche as their new manager in an attempt to lift the side out of the drop zone.

Jackett said: “If you take a look at the league table then you would probably expect them to be higher than they currently are.

“But they’re still a big club in this division with plenty of talented players and, like us, will want to put a run together.

“There’s a new manager in who knows the club well and they’ll be fighting very hard to get themselves out of those relegation places.”

With Christian Burgess serving a one-match ban following his red card against Doncaster last Saturday, Anton Walkes is expected to move into the centre of the back-line.

Jackett said: “He’s a versatile player and a strong defender who had an encouraging debut, so we’re confident he can do well in different roles.”

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