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Jackett: Providing Some Optimism

Boss reflects on victory over Peterborough

6 May 2018

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett

Pompey ensured their supporters had something to smile about as they made their way home for the summer break.

A first half brace from Brett Pitman saw them ease to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Peterborough in a final day contest at Fratton Park.

The skipper headed home from a corner and converted a Jamal Lowe centre to settle a game that only ever looked like having one winner.

And while he was not as enamoured with their play after the interval, Kenny Jackett hailed the performance from his side.

The Blues boss said: “The crowd came out in great numbers again and gave us their backing, so we wanted to impress and send them home with some optimism for next season.

“We played very well in the first half and could have scored even more goals to be over the hill and out of sight.

"Ir was a deserved win and now we need to work hard over the summer so we’re ready to come back fighting for pre-season."

Kenny Jackett

“You know with Peterborough that – even if they’re not playing well – they’ve got very good attacking players who can turn a game in a moment.

“But the second half just sort of petered out and we weren’t able to dominate the midfield like we had before the break.

“Overall, though, it was a deserved win and now we need to work hard over the summer so we’re ready to come back fighting for pre-season on June 27.”

The result saw Pompey finish eighth in their first season back in the third tier and five points adrift of the play-offs.

Jackett said: “Have we consistently been one of the best six sides over the course of the season? The league table says we haven’t.

“We’re just on the fringes of it and there’s some degree of frustration, but top 10 in this division shows we’ve been very competitive.”


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