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Jackett: A Quality Finish

Boss reflects on Checkatrade Trophy win

9 October 2018

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

It was a result that ensured Pompey have qualified from Southern Group A of the Checkatrade Trophy.

And Kenny Jackett was pleased to get the job done with a game to spare following a 1-0 victory at Crawley.

A largely forgettable Broadfield Stadium encounter was settled by Dion Donohue’s fine strike in the first half.

It was the versatile performer’s first goal in a Pompey shirt following an injury-hit start to the campaign and Jackett was happy with his contribution.

The Blues boss said: “I’m pleased to be through with one group game at home to Spurs still to play.

“It was a much-changed side for both teams – we only kept two starters from Saturday and they had one.

"We all know from last season that he has a lot of quality and left-footers are like gold dust."

Kenny Jackett

“But we wanted to bounce back after a disappointing loss and get back to winning ways ahead of a big game at Wimbledon.

“It was a quality goal from Dion – he ran well down the line, stepped inside and finished it excellently with his right foot.

“I was really pleased for him because it’s been a frustrating time. We all know from last season that he has a lot of quality and left-footers are like gold dust.

“We’re pleased to have him back and felt that an hour was about right on this particular occasion. It gives him something to build on.”

There were Pompey debuts for 16-year-old academy full-back Haji Mnoga and summer signing Louis Dennis.

Jackett said: “Haji did okay and has shown a lot of promise, but he needs to keep his feet on the floor and continue to work hard.

“It’s just been a taste of it for him – that’s all. He hasn’t got anywhere yet and it’s the start of a long journey for him in terms of establishing himself as a Pompey player.

“Louis worked really hard and showed some good touches – it’s just a shame we couldn’t get the ball to him more often in and around the box.”

Pompey finished the fixture with Christian Burgess, Matt Clarke and Tom Naylor playing in defence and Jackett explained the switch from a back four.

He said: “There are times when we can do that in certain games and so I wanted to experiment a bit.

“I’ve come close to doing it once or twice – particularly at home – and thought it was an option, so we wanted to work on our understanding.

“There were some interesting performances in there and it’s something we have to consider and, at the right time, keep working on.”

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