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Jackett Eyes Top Spot

But boss will make changes for Tottenham clash

12 November 2018

Kenny Jackett
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Pompey have already booked their place in the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy.

And Kenny Jackett wants to make sure his side secure top spot to ensure home advantage in the last 32.

In order to do that, they need to avoid defeat inside 90 minutes when Tottenham’s under-21 side visit Fratton Park on Tuesday evening.

But Jackett also wants to take a look at those members of his squad who are need of minutes on the pitch.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve already qualified, but a win or a draw means we’ll finish top and get a home draw in the next round, which is what we want.

“It’s a good opportunity for some of the more prominent young players to play in a first team environment with senior professionals.

"We’ve already qualified, but a win or a draw means we’ll finish top and get a home draw in the next round, which is what we want."

Kenny Jackett

“We want to win, although giving people the right chance against category one academy players will be very interesting.

“Some of the lads who have been substitutes or just on the fringes of things will also be able to get a game.

“We’ve then got a weekend without a match before what is quite an intense period from the Scunthorpe fixture onwards.”

Jackett knows also about Tottenham’s promising youngsters, having spent the second half of last season working in their academy.

He said: “I was there for several months and the club has what I believe to be an extremely good youth policy, with plenty of talented players.

“Harry Kane is probably the most prominent one to have come through. Look beyond that, though, and there are quite a few guys at various levels who started there.

“I’m sure it’s a game they’re looking forward to and one of the reasons they’ve entered the competition is to play at places like Fratton Park.

“They’ll try to play out from the back as their first team do, but they also have quite a bit of steel about them.”

Andre Green will be handed a start against Spurs, with the on-loan Aston Villa winger having recovered from a knee problem.

Jackett said: “It’s been difficult with the injury he’s had, but he’s had a full week of training and has looked really sharp.

“He feels confident and we’ll get a chance to see him on Tuesday. He’ll start and then we’ll see how he goes.

“Brett Pitman won’t play because he’s got a slight knee injury, although we’re expecting him to be fine by the time Scunthorpe comes around.”

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