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Jackett Seeks Home Comforts

Boss looks ahead to Oxford test

23 March 2018

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

Those hardy souls who follow Pompey up and down the country have been treated in recent weeks.

Victories at MK Dons, Fleetwood and Oldham ensured long car or coach trips home passed by a bit quicker.

But the thousands more packed into Fratton Park have not had quite so much to cheer since the turn of the year.

Pompey have yet to win on their own turf in 2018 and Kenny Jackett wants that to change when they face Oxford in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Sunday.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve generally not done well enough at home and have taken one point from the last 12 available.

“It’s in stark contrast to our away performances, with nine points from 12 – you usually find it’s the other way around.

"We owe our supporters a good display and, more importantly, a positive result."

Kenny Jackett

“Up until Christmas it was pretty much the reverse and so hopefully we can put things right this weekend.

“We owe our supporters a good display and, more importantly, a positive result. We’ll be doing everything we can to deliver.

“We’re going to need to win home and away games if we want to get into the top six, although both fifth and sixth spot are still available to us.”

Oxford have just appointed Karl Robinson as their new manager, as they try to halt a slide down the table.

United triumphed 3-0 when the sides met earlier in the season, but have recorded just two victories from their past nine games.

Jackett said: “It was an even first half and we perhaps should have had a penalty, but after the break they were too powerful for us and deserved the win.

“They were one of the clubs around us competing for those top six places, although have unfortunately fallen away recently.

“But, like us, they’ll be hoping to have a big finish to the season. There’s a new manager bounce that can happen and we’ve seen that on a few occasions.

“They got a very good win last week. I watched the game and they played well against a decent Peterborough side.”

Pompey have two more players to call upon this weekend, with Gareth Evans returning from a hamstring injury and Nathan Thompson finishing his four-match ban.

“They’re both senior players. Bringing more back into the group will help us and they’ll be followed by Oli Hawkins and Stuart O’Keefe in the coming weeks.”


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