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Jackett: One Last Push

Boss looks ahead to Peterborough clash

4 May 2018

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett speaks to assistant manager Joe Gallen

On the face of it, Pompey v Peterborough on Saturday is a fixture with very little riding on it.

Typical end of season fare on the sunny south coast, as two sides who cannot go up or down play out a dead rubber in a more relaxed atmosphere than usual.

But that is certainly not a view Kenny Jackett subscribes to as his side get ready for their final game of the 2017/18 campaign.

With placings of anywhere between eighth and 12th still on the table, he wants to see one last Fratton flourish.

The Blues boss said: “A top ten position is certainly not something to be sniffed at and our aim has to be to finish as high as possible.

“If we were to finish in 12th then I don’t think it would be a fair reflection of our season because we haven’t really been that low before.

"A top ten position is certainly not something to be sniffed at."

Kenny Jackett

“So it certainly still matters to me and is a reason why we want to do well. We’re determined to put in a good performance.

“We want to end on a high, especially being at home and playing in front of yet another big crowd at Fratton Park.

“But Peterborough are a side with a lot of quality players and have a real attacking intent, so it’s not going to be easy.”

Alex Bass’ hopes of making a late cameo in the season are being hampered by an ankle injury picked up in training last week.

Jackett said: “It’s been frustrating for him. He was a substitute at Bury, but wasn’t particularly confident of playing should he be needed.

“So we’ll have to see how his ankle is on Saturday and whether it’s the right thing for him to have a game.”

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