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Jackett Ready For An Easter Extravaganza

Boss looks ahead to Walsall clash

29 March 2018

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

There will be no time for Pompey’s squad to enjoy hot cross buns and unwrap chocolate eggs this Easter.

No, their focus will be on trying to pick up as many points as possible from matches against Walsall and Wigan.

Successive victories have left Kenny Jackett’s troops just two points adrift of the play-off spots with eight games left to play.

And the Blues boss hopes those defeats of Oldham and Oxford can help them build some crucial momentum.

He said: “We’ve been able to string a couple of wins together and it means the Easter period is a big one for us.

“I’m delighted that we’re very much in the mix for both fifth and sixth spot. It’s an opportunity we’ve got to capitalise on.

"We’ve always known that it’ll take a high level of wins – and consecutive wins – but we’re capable of doing that."

Kenny Jackett

“It’s wide open at the moment and we’re pleased to say that we’re one of those sides who have a chance.

“We’ve always known that it’ll take a high level of wins – and consecutive wins – but we’re capable of doing that.

“When there’s momentum going there’s no better club to be at, so we have to use that to string together positive results.”

Saturday sees Pompey face a Saddlers side sitting just four points above the drop zone and looking to secure safety under new boss Dean Keates.

Jackett said: “He’s come in from doing a very good job with Wrexham and deservedly got a role in League One – now they’ll be wanting to preserve their status in this division sooner rather than later.

“We’ve had some tricky games away from home of late and Walsall will be no different. I’m sure it’ll be tough.

“But if you look at our recent record on the road then we should be going there with plenty of confidence.

“We’ll take a good following up the midlands and everyone’s really looking forward to what’s ahead this weekend.”

Oli Hawkins and Stuart O’Keefe are both available to face Walsall after coming through several training sessions unscathed.

Jackett said: “They’re okay and ready for the weekend. We’ve been stretched at times, although everyone gets injuries, but that experience could be vital.”

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