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Jackett Wary Of Cupset

Boss won’t be taking Maidenhead lightly

8 November 2018

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Kenny Jackett is aware that much of the country will be hoping to witness an FA Cup upset at Maidenhead on Saturday.

Pompey visit the National League strugglers as they look to clear the first hurdle for just the second time since reaching the final in 2010.

And with the BT Sport cameras in attendance at York Road, the hosts will no doubt be cheered on by neutrals.

So Jackett knows his side will have to remain professional if they want to start a long-awaited run in the competition.

The Blues boss said: “Those kind of records are there to be broken and it’s only our attitude and approach to maximise the ability we have that will change that.

“We have to look at it as a good chance to progress and we want to go on a run to give our fans reason to get excited.

“But the television cameras are there for a reason, so we have to rise to the occasion. We’ll need to be organised and structured if we want a result.

“There hasn’t been any change to our programme. It’s a competition we want to do well in and we regard this as a big game.

"The television cameras are there for a reason, so we have to rise to the occasion."

Kenny Jackett

“I don’t think there will be too many changes. We’ve got a break coming up, so there’s no reason for us to rest anyone.”

The Magpies go into the contest on the back of a six-match losing run that included a 7-0 drubbing at Havant & Waterlooville.

Jackett said: “I’ve been to their ground before and there’s a slight slope, but the pitches are good at this time of year.

“They’ve had a recent run of poor form, although we know that will go out the window on Saturday. I doubt it’ll have a lot of bearing on their approach.

“The magic of this competition is that it’s a one-off game, but we’ve done our homework and will make the players aware of their strengths.”

Joe Mason will not be involved at the weekend after limping off in the opening stages of Tuesday’s reserve game.

Jackett said: “He’s got a groin injury that will probably keep him out for around 10 days, but Andre Green is back training and could be available for selection.”

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