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Jackett Relishing Big Games

Boss looks ahead to crucial Peterborough clash

29 April 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

With a coveted spot in the Championship up for grab, Pompey are preparing for a massive final two fixtures.

And Kenny Jackett is relishing the next few days, as his side prepare for the final stages of a thrilling promotion race.

They must beat Peterborough at Fratton Park on Tuesday evening to take matters into the final weekend of the season.

There are sure to be plenty of nerves around the ground, but Jackett believes Pompey should thrive on the pressure.

The Blues boss said: “As we’ve gone along the games have got bigger – and it’s great to be in that situation.

“There are seasons when you drift away towards mid-table and things decelerate, but that’s not happening here.

“It’s the last week of the regular season and it’s the most important one for us, so it’s something to look forward to.

"We just have to do what we can to put ourselves in a position where that final game can count."

Kenny Jackett

“There’s certainly a high standard at this end of the league and the top five have managed to break away.

“People asked me with 10 games left what was needed and I thought it would be close to the maximum.

“I always felt that the top two wold be on 90-plus points and that’s been proven with one weekend remaining.

“You can’t really worry about the other teams and we just have to do what we can to put ourselves in a position where that final game can count.”

Pompey are facing a Posh side who also need a win to keep alive their hopes of securing a play-off spot.

Jackett said: “They’ve got every chance of getting into the top six and we certainly won’t be underestimating them.

“We’ll respect what they can do, but we’re also always looking to exploit other people’s weaknesses. You have to work hard for anything you can get in this division.

“Their team selection and formation is only part of it, so we have to get our own performance right in front of a passionate crowd who will be right behind us.”

Omar Bogle looked to be out for the rest of the season after injuring his knee and ankle, but could make a surprise return against Peterborough.

Jackett said: “He trained on Monday morning and might be included. We’ll have a look on Tuesday and see how he is.

“Jack Whatmough is obviously still out injured, but we’ve got everyone else fit, which is really good news.”


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