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Jackett: An Eye-Catching Fixture

Boss looks ahead to Peterborough test

13 September 2018

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Plenty of fans will flock to London Road to watch a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.

It is still extremely early days in the 2018/19 campaign, but there is certainly plenty of optimism around Pompey following the first seven fixtures.

Next up is a trip to fellow unbeaten side Peterborough – they only side currently above them in the League One table.

And Kenny Jackett is excited by a contest between two teams who will be setting the bar high this season.

The Blues boss said: “It’s the type of game that you want to be involved in and it’s one we’re really looking forward to.

“Peterborough have started very well after making a high number of changes – they’ve gelled particularly quickly.

"It’s an eye-catching fixture, but we’re experienced enough to you need to work hard for every point you get."

Kenny Jackett

“Like a number of teams in this division, they’ll be looking to get one of those promotion places, although it’s still very early.

“Both sides finished just outside the play-offs last term and will be looking to improve – that’s certainly our aim.

“It’s an eye-catching fixture, but we’re experienced enough to you need to work hard for every point you get.”

Pompey have fielded a fairly settled side, although Jackett believes they have the ability to adapt when required.

He said: “We’ve fallen into a 4-2-3-1 formation that has served us very well so far, although I’m not concerned about changing that if flexibility is needed.

“There is slightly more depth in the squad this season after having a high number of injuries last time around.

“We want to try to avoid that if we can and be as consistent as we possibly can be throughout the campaign.”

Pompey will be without four players this weekend, as they try to climb above the Posh and into top spot.

Jackett said: “Anton Walkes and Jack Whatmough won’t quite make it, although we’re hopeful they’ll both be available the following week.

“Dion Donohue felt his hamstring during the friendly with Reading on Tuesday, while Andre Green has a knee problem.

“But I’m happy with the squad we’ve got to face Peterborough – there’s a good spirit and also a balance with Ronan Curtis coming back.”

Meanwhile, teenage defender Matt Casey is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a fractured collarbone while on loan at Gosport.

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