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Home Comforts For Kenny

Boss happy to be back at Fratton for Birmingham tie

5 August 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Simon Davies

The old girl has had a bit of work done over the summer and is ready to host football once more.

And Fratton Park is the location for two matches this week, including Saturday’s League One clash with Tranmere.

First up, however, is a visit from Championship side Birmingham in the first round of the Carabao Cup – a tie that is intriguing enough to earn a visit from the Sky Sports cameras.

Kenny Jackett is excited to be back on home soil and wants his side to make the most of playing on their own patch.

The Blues boss said: “We want to have a big week and are looking forward to getting back to Fratton Park for the first time.

“It’s important to build up some momentum, an understanding and cohesion to bounce back from Saturday.

"The Birmingham game is our focus because it’s the next one and we want to do well in front of our own fans."

Kenny Jackett

“We want to hit the ground running in terms of our home form and make sure we’re heading in the right direction.

“The Birmingham game is our focus because it’s the next one and we want to do well in front of our own fans.

“It will be a pretty similar team to the weekend, with one or two changes. Everybody’s feeling fresh and looking to play.”

Jackett has dismissed any suggestions that an early exit could help Pompey’s promotion hopes and is looking forward to facing higher-ranked opponents.

He said: “Plenty of teams have enjoyed cup runs and also gone up – it’s not a given that if you go out, it helps you in the league. I don’t believe that.

“Birmingham are an established Championship side and got a great win at Brentford, which they’ll be looking to build on.

“It’s difficult to tell what they’re going to do with their team and they will certainly have their own agenda.

“But while we’ll respect that it’s a hard game, we want to get into a routine and a rhythm. We want to do well in this competition, even if the league is our priority.”

Pompey will be without on-loan Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie following his sending off at Shrewsbury.

Jackett said: “It was frustrating for the lad because they were his only two fouls of the game, but he’ll be back for Saturday.

“James Bolton has a nasty ankle injury and won’t be fit this week. He rolled it quite badly after a tackle at Shrewsbury.

“Ryan Williams and Bryn Morris are both still unavailable, but Sean Raggett is okay and is in consideration for Tuesday night.”

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