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Jackett: We Took Our Chance

Boss reflects on victory at Coventry

2 October 2018

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Phil Oldham/PinPep

It was a not a game full of thrills and spills – in fact it was a largely forgettable contest at the Ricoh Arena.

But Pompey fans will not care a jot after watching their side beat Coventry 1-0 to extend their unbeaten start to the season.

It was Ronan Curtis who provided a bit of magic that was otherwise absent, curling a shot into the bottom corner on the stroke of half-time.

And while conceding that the match was short of drama, Kenny Jackett believed the outcome was fair.

The Blues boss said: “There were minimal chances in the game, but it was excellent quality from Ronan to get what proved to be the winner.

“Coventry had quite a bit possession in the second half, although I can’t remember a shot that they had.

"It was a tight match, with few opportunities for either side, but I’m pleased to say that we took one."

Kenny Jackett

“We had two good strikes from Ben Thompson and Jamal Lowe, who were unlucky not to score at the end.

“So it was a tight match, with few opportunities for either side, but I’m pleased to say that we took one.

“You need clean sheets – they’re the important thing, especially away from home. It keeps you there or thereabouts.

“Coventry are a big club with aspirations of their own, so I’m delighted we’ve come away with the three points.”

The result means Pompey remain top of the League One table, having gone 11 fixtures without tasting defeat.

Jackett said: “We’ve got 27 points at the start of October, which is a massive return. A lot of credit must go to the players for that.

“But we need to keep working hard because we’ve had to do that for every single win so far and we want to keep it going.”

Jackett was keen to heap praise on the army of fans that made the midweek journey to get behind the Blues.

He said: “I was delighted with our supporters. We had the best part of 2,000 people coming up to follow us on a Tuesday evening. On behalf of me, the staff and players, we really appreciate that.”

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