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Jackett: Adaptability Is Key

Boss looks ahead to Accrington clash

25 October 2018

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

With just two points dropped on the road this season, Pompey should travel to Accrington this weekend in confident mood.

But Kenny Jackett knows they will have to shine at home and away if they are to achieve their ultimate aim.

His side secured a victory and a draw from successive Fratton fixtures against Fleetwood and Burton in the past few days.

And Jackett is aware that plenty of similar results will be needed to maintain Pompey’s position at the League One summit.

The Blues boss said: “I try to stay consistent about home and away games and don’t note the difference as much as other people might.

“I demand the same of my players and if we’re going to be successful then we’re going to need a good record from both.

"You need to be able to collect results against sides that are at the top or the bottom and be adaptable against to face different kinds of opposition."

Kenny Jackett

“The points total will be high for any team that gets promoted out of this division and so you need a consistent run.

“You need to be able to collect results against sides that are at the top or the bottom and be adaptable enough to face different kinds of opposition.

“We got 66 points last season and finished eighth, so we’ve set out to do better than that this time around.

“There will be plenty of sides in this division looking at those three promotion places and we’re one of them.

“Our players should be encouraged without being complacent at all – you have to stay humble and realise you need to work hard for everything you get.”

Now Pompey face a Stanley outfit sitting fourth in the standings after claiming the League Two title last term.

Jackett said: “We’re going up against a side with a lot of quality and who are in a good run of form themselves at the moment.

“So we’ll have to concentrate and work hard, making sure we’re at our very best if we want to get three points.

“They’ve got a lovely balance to their team and have some momentum after coming out of League Two.

“When you look at it like that and the fact they’ve got good players, then it’s not really a surprise to see them doing so well this season.”

Dion Donohue will not feature at the Crown Ground after limping out of Tuesday’s draw with Burton with a hamstring problem.

Jackett said: “He’ll unfortunately be out for about a month, which isn’t good news. He has been unlucky this season and this latest one is on the other side to his original injury.

“Now he has to be tough enough – and we know he is – to come through it because we’ve seen his quality in the past few games.

“We’ve obviously also got Tom Naylor missing with a one-game suspension after collecting five bookings.”


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