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Jackett: We Want To Get Crowd Going

Boss looking forward to long-awaited Fratton fixture

26 November 2018

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey fans have had to remain patient, but the wait is almost over.

Five long weeks have passed since a 2-2 draw with Burton in October – the last League One fixture to take place at Fratton Park.

Plenty of points have been collected on the road, while there has also been progress in both the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.

But now the battle for league wins returns to the south coast and Kenny Jackett is looking forward to a floodlit clash with Walsall.

The Blues boss said: “We need to capitalise on the home advantage provided by our crowd on Tuesday night.

“I’m sure they’ll be up for it and buzzing – even more so than usual. We have to give them a performance that gets them going.

"The schedule ahead is a big challenge and we’re under no illusion as to how hard we’re going to have to work, but we should be relishing it."

Kenny Jackett

“Our record so far this season has been particularly good and we’ve still only lost one game in the league.

“I understand when people differentiate between home and away form, although when you’re the manager you don’t focus on that too much.

“The schedule ahead is a big challenge and we’re under no illusion as to how hard we’re going to have to work, but we should be relishing it.

“These are the periods that you really want to be involved in and it’s up to all of us to rise to the occasion.”

Walsall held Sunderland to a 2-2 draw on Saturday and are currently sitting 11th in the League One standings.

Jackett said: “They’re a lively team and I believe they recruited well in the summer to improve their squad from last season.

“So there’s no way we’ll be underestimating them. We understand that in this division you have to work hard to get any points.”

There are no concerns over Gareth Evans and Jamal Lowe, despite the duo both hobbling off during the weekend’s win at Scunthorpe.

Jackett said: “Both are fine after picking up knocks. They’ve trained and will be good to go for our games this week.

“We’ll be selecting from the same squad that travelled to Scunthorpe. Joe Mason’s groin injury is getting better and he’s not too far away.”


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