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Kenny Excited By Easter Extravaganza

Boss looking forward to a crucial stage of the season

17 April 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The next few days could prove critical to Pompey’s quest for automatic promotion from League One.

A trip to Burton on Good Friday is followed by Coventry’s visit to a packed Fratton Park on Easter Monday.

The importance of those fixtures will be highlighted by the presence of Sky Sports cameras, with the broadcaster showing both games live.

And Kenny Jackett is happy that his troops have so much to play for at this advanced stage of the campaign.

The Blues boss said: “Easter is usually a crucial period of the season and it certainly doesn’t look like being any different this year.

“That’s true for plenty of sides up and down the country and I’m pleased that we’re currently in the mix.

"There’s a lot on these next few days and we have to set the bar high for our performances."

Kenny Jackett

“We’ve got big games coming up and both of them over Easter are live on television – there’s everything to play for.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and the fact the cameras are there shows you how crucial these fixtures are.

“These aren’t dead rubbers. There’s a lot on the next few days and we have to set the bar high for our performances.”

Burton are currently nine points adrift of sixth spot with four matches remaining, but have dropped just two points in their past five outings.

Jackett said: “They’re one of the form teams in the division and after coming out of the Championship last year, they’ve still got an outside chance of the play-offs.

“I’m sure they’ll be thinking that if they can’t do that, then they will want to be in our position next season.

“Burton have a very good squad of players and are certainly extremely capable on their day, as we found out at Fratton Park earlier in the season.

“You can always build up the opposition to be more than they are or sometimes you can be complacent – we try to get the balance right.

“We’ll analyse their strengths and weaknesses, pay them plenty of respect and have the attitude of working hard to earn any points we collect.”

Jackett has a couple of extra players to call upon for the Pirelli Stadium contest, while two more are a step closer to fitness.

He explained: “Andy Cannon and Viv Solomon-Otabor played in the reserve game earlier in the week and are available again.

“Dion Donohue and Lloyd Isgrove are both out and hopefully back in contention for the Sunderland match.”

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