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Jackett: Hard Work The Key

Boss discusses Ireland trip and friendly with Hawks

5 July 2018

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett
Photo: Colin Farmery

It is the time of year when many of us look to jet off to a foreign country and enjoy the sun.

But Pompey’s trip to the Fota Island Resort near Cork in Ireland has certainly been no holiday camp.

The players have been made to sweat on the training pitches and in the gym as they prepare for the 2017/18 campaign.

They fly back to England on Friday morning and Kenny Jackett believes the time away will benefit his side.

The Blues boss said: “It’s been a very good week for us. The facilities have been first class and I’ve been pleased with the attitude of the players.

“We’re here to work and get fit – to focus on a big campaign ahead. We need to realise the opportunity we’ve got and maximise the potential in our squad.

"The facilities have been first class and I’ve been pleased with the attitude of the players."

Kenny Jackett

“The players understand that pre-season is about hard work because you need to be ready as a squad and as individuals.

“Team spirit is important, but I’ve never seen great team spirit in a team that’s bottom of the league. You need to win and generally when that happens, people get on with each other.

“We play Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday and then deliberately step up to face league opposition in Stevenage and Swindon, while we’ve also got a behind-closed-door friendly against Brighton.

“So we’ll see how we go. I’ve been pleased with the players so far, but we’re only a week in and need to keep our heads down to work towards the challenges ahead.”

Pompey visit Westleigh Park on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off) to face a Hawks side preparing to compete in the National League for the first time.

Jackett said: “They’re a club with a lot of upward momentum and we congratulate them again for what they achieved last season.

“It’s a huge year ahead for them and I’m sure they’ll be buoyant playing against us at the weekend, so we need to be ready.

“It will be a big test for both clubs and as local sides, it’s important that we always support each other.”


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