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Jackett: No Time To Dwell On Positive Start

Boss looks ahead to Coventry clash

1 October 2018

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey are unbeaten in their opening 10 league matches and sit proudly at the top of the table.

But Kenny Jackett knows there is no time to bask in that glory during a hectic run of matches in October.

There was barely enough time to enjoy Saturday’s win at Rochdale before the squad get back on the coach to travel up to Coventry.

And with plenty of midweek fixtures on the horizon, Jackett is simply concentrating on one test at a time.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve got a good points total after 10 games, but the next one comes around pretty quickly and we always focus on that.

“Records don’t really come into my thinking and we’re in a run of five fixtures in 13 days, so we’ll see where we are after that.

"We’ve got a good points total after 10 games, but the next one comes around pretty quickly and we always focus on that."

Kenny Jackett

“There won’t be much time to react and it will be a case of going from one match to the next full of enthusiasm.

“We know that consistency is needed if you want to be right up there for the whole season – you generally need a high number of points to get out of this league.

“But there are some excellent sides in the division this season and a variety of challenges for us to contend with.”

Coventry’s loan striker Conor Chaplin is not allowed to feature against his parent club on Tuesday evening.

But ex-Blues skipper Michael Doyle is likely to play, while goalkeeper Liam O’Brien and defenders Tom Davies and Dominic Hyam could also be involved.

Jackett said: “There might be a few former Pompey players coming up against us, which seems to happen a lot these days.

“Michael has a lot of respect from everyone in the game and quite rightly so because of what he’s achieved. He was excellent here.

“Coventry have many options and we’re always aware of the strengths and weaknesses of opposition teams.

“They’re genuinely a big club at this level and, like Pompey, had some financial troubles, but they seem to be over that now and are on the way back up.

“I’m sure they will provide a formidable test and hopefully we can take some confidence from Saturday’s result.”

Jackett has almost a full-strength squad to select from for the clash with 14th-placed Coventry at the Ricoh Arena.

He said: “Andre Green and Dion Donohue are the only guys currently out and they won’t be available for either game this week.”

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