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Jackett: A Massive Win

Boss pleased to be in the play-off hunt following victory at Walsall

31 March 2018

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

Three wins, three clean sheets. Pompey are certainly finding form at the right time.

A 1-0 victory at Walsall ensured they got the Easter weekend off to a great start and moved back to within two points of the play-offs.

The visitors dominated for long periods, although had to wait until the 79th minute to make their pressure count.

It was Gareth Evans – making his first start since recovering from a hamstring injury – who got the all-important goal, with a cool finish into the bottom corner.

And Kenny Jackett was delighted to see his side maintain their promotion hopes with seven games remaining.

The Blues boss said: “It’s a massive win and it keeps our season alive. We’re two points off fifth, so that and sixth spot are very much available for us.

“That’s the case for a number of teams and our form from now until the end of the season will determine whether we can get into those play-offs.

"I was right behind the shot and it was in from the moment he hit it."

Kenny Jackett

“We looked on top and had chances, getting some very good balls into the box from both sides of the pitch.

“Walsall had very little in the way of scoring opportunities and that gave a solid base for us to build from.

“It was just a case of wondering where the goal was going to come from, but it was a great strike from Gareth.

“I was right behind the shot and it was in from the moment he hit it. It was well deserved from someone who’s a terrific professional.

“Coming off the back of an injury, the goal will give him a lot of confidence and hopefully he can have a strong finish to the season.

“It keeps our good run going and now we’re looking forward to Monday’s game and the others we’ve got moving forward.”

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