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Jackett: We Always Keep Going

Boss says defending needs work after Wycombe draw

22 September 2018

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The rain poured down from first minute until last at Fratton Park.

And there was certainly no sunny disposition about the Pompey players after they conceded a late penalty against Wycombe.

Goals from Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman had turned the game around following Bryn Morris’ first half opener for the Chairboys.

But Joe Jacobson struck from the spot after Christian Burgess had conceded a foul to ensure a 2-2 draw that saw the hosts drop to second spot in the League One standings.

And although Kenny Jackett was disappointed that his side could not hold on for the win, he conceded that it was probably a fair result.

The Blues boss said: “We worked really hard to get back in the game and were 2-1 up at home after 88 minutes, so we were looking to see it out.

“I haven’t seen the decision again, but my first impressions were that it was a penalty and I couldn’t really argue with it.

“It’s hard to pinpoint individuals and Christian is a really committed pro for us, so I’m not going to target him.

"There were some passages of positive play and we showed good spirit to get back into things. We have got heart and always keep going."

Kenny Jackett

“It was a different type of game because of the conditions, although that’s certainly not an excuse because it was the same for both sides.

“We all know what the English weather can throw up and the ball zipped off the surface, but we moved it well at times against a side who like to play it narrow.

“There were some passages of positive play and we showed good spirit to get back into things. We have got heart and always keep going.

“But Wycombe are an underrated team. I’d watched their previous two games and they gave as good as they got. I can’t deny they deserved something.”

Jackett was confident in Pompey’s attacking capabilities, but felt their performance at the other end of the pitch could have been better.

He said: “While we’re frustrated at not winning, I certainly didn’t feel we deserved to lose it. There were chances at both ends and did we do enough defensively? No.

“I always felt we’d score goals, but there were too many free-kicks given away and when they’re putting ball after ball into the area from the halfway line, we were getting drawn towards it too many times.

“When it comes into the box it’s rare that the first header scores. It’s the secondary defending that’s important and I don’t think we did that well enough.”

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