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Jackett: We Kept Going

Boss reflects on Pompey's victory over Coventry

22 April 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey can look back on a fruitful Easter after twice scoring late winners to keep their promotion hopes alive.

The stoppage-time drama of Friday’s success at Burton was followed by a come-from-behind triumph over Coventry.

Jordy Hiwula’s strike ensured the visitors took a slender lead into the interval at a warm and sunny Fratton Park.

But Tom Naylor headed in the equaliser before skipper Brett Pitman fired home in the 83rd minute to secure a seventh successive League One victory.

And Kenny Jackett was pleased with the way his side recovered from their initial setback to come out on top.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve had two tough games over the Easter weekend against in-form teams playing with a lot of confidence.

“Coventry frustrated us when we had the ball in the first half and were very quick on the counter-attack.

"We grew into the game during the second half and kept the pressure on them, getting the crowd behind us."

Kenny Jackett

“I felt they thoroughly deserved their lead at the break and it was a good game-plan that was well executed.

“There was some energy lacking and too many of our players were a yard down – it’s quite easy to look like that at this stage of the season.

“But we grew into the game during the second half and kept the pressure on them, getting the crowd behind us.

“We used our substitutes and kept going – James Vaughan made some key contributions when he came on.

“We were in Coventry’s half most of the time and I’m pleased to say that two of our most experienced players got decisive goals.

“Set-pieces looked our biggest threat and we made it pay after the break. Tom’s a strong header of the ball and I think he’s capable of scoring more.

“Then the second phase of a corner has fallen for Brett and whatever side it falls on, you expect him to keep it under the bar. It was a great finish.”

Omar Bogle is unlikely to feature in the final three fixtures after hurting himself at Burton a few days ago.

Jackett explained: “He’s got a knee and ankle injury after making a tackle, and he’s on crutches at the moment. There’s a quite a bit of swelling.

“It will certainly be a week or two before it settles down, but it does look like his regular season is over.”


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