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Mixed Feelings For Jackett

Boss reflects on dramatic draw with Doncaster

3 February 2018

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

If anybody tells you that excitement can only be found in the Premier League, then be sure to show them a video of Pompey’s clash with Doncaster.

Four goals, a red card and an outfield player going in goal – it was a Fratton contest full of drama from start to finish.

The hosts dominated for long periods, but twice had to battle from behind, with first Anton Walkes and then Brett Pitman cancelling out efforts from James Coppinger and John Marquis.

An injury to debutant Stephen Henderson then saw Kal Naismith go between the sticks for the closing stages and there was still time for Christian Burgess to be shown a red card.

Kenny Jackett knows that late drama meant it was a good draw for Pompey, but was frustrated with aspects of the performance.

The Blues boss said: “Taking into account what happened from 85 minutes onwards, we’re very happy with the point.

“The injury to the goalkeeper and then the sending off – which I think surprised everyone in the ground – made it tough.

"We’re obviously happy with the outcome because of the way it all ended, but it was a winnable game for us."

Kenny Jackett

“But the commitment the players showed after that was fantastic and I’m proud of them for that. They battled away to earn us a draw.

“We had a lot of control and did better between the boxes than we have done for a while, but the goals against have again disappointed me.

“It doesn’t take teams very much to score against us and that’s nine games now without a clean sheet, so we have to sort that out.

“Christian lost his man and allowed Marquis to score at a time when we were on top, so it deflated us.

“But we dug out a point thanks to a quality delivery from Donohue and there are fine margins at the moment between where we are and the top six sides.

“We’re obviously happy with the outcome because of the way it all ended, but it was a winnable game for us.”

It was a cruel way for Henderson to mark his second Blues bow, although it is too early to confirm the extent of the injury.

Jackett said: “Something has obviously popped, but we’ll just have to wait and see, and hope that it’s not too bad.

“It wasn’t good for him on his debut, although we’ve got Luke McGee and Alex Bass, so we’re not short in that area.

“We do need his experience, though, because we have a young side and that was the reason we brought him in.”

Naismith was the man to pull on the gloves and used his feet to deny Ben Whiteman in stoppage-time.

Jackett said: “You work on different scenarios and a big part of it is who wants to take the responsibility.

“Kal made one save and also had a couple of clearances, but we defended heroically at the end to keep the ball away.”

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