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Jackett: We'll Overcome Challenges

Boss looks ahead to Bradford test

1 November 2018

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey make the long trip north for a second Saturday in a row when they visit Bradford this weekend.

But Kenny Jackett’s side should probably start getting used to playing their football away from Fratton Park.

There is a five-week gap between the recent draw with Burton and the next home league contest with Walsall.

And their scheduled clash with Charlton moving back to December means the already hectic festive period will get even busier.

But Jackett is not going to entertain any excuses and knows his side have to be ready to climb any obstacle.

The Blues boss said: “It is what it is. We understand and know that a number of challenges will have to be overcome if we want to have a successful season.

“We’re still alive in three competitions, although our priority is undoubtedly the league and we have a great opportunity with the position we’re in.

"We understand and know that a number of challenges will have to be overcome if we want to have a successful season."

Kenny Jackett

“You have to adapt to international breaks and games being off because there’s nothing you can do about it.

“There’s the potential for a lot of games between the end of November and early January and fixtures being rearranged only adds to that congestion.

“But we’ll make sure that we’re properly prepared and will be ready when that period comes around.”

Pompey will look to continue their fine away record when they face a Bantams outfit currently sitting rock bottom of the League One standings.

Jackett said: “My focus isn’t really on Bradford, although obviously we’ve analysed them to learn their strengths and weaknesses.

“They have good players and will be doing everything they can to turn their run around, but we also want to keep improving.

“We had a great start to last week’s game at Accrington, dominating the play and creating a lot of chances.

“But we need to hit the target more when we have those strong spells and make the most of our opportunities.”

Tom Naylor is available again following a one-match ban, although a different Pompey player is now suspended after collecting five bookings.

Jackett said: “We have the same group as last Saturday, except with Nathan Thompson missing out and Tom coming back.

“Andre Green will probably be back training next week and, as we thought, will hopefully be available for most of November.”

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