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Jackett: Focus On Blackpool

Boss looks ahead to League One test

29 August 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Nigel Keene

Pompey have already suffered one fixture postponement this season and now have a blank date in September.

The sad expulsion of Bury from the EFL means the scheduled trip to Gigg Lane in a few weeks will not now be happening.

Other matches could fall victim to international call-ups, leaving the potential for busier spells later in the campaign.

But Kenny Jackett knows his side have to deal with that and is not looking past Saturday’s trip to Blackpool.

The Blues boss said: “You want to get into a rhythm in the early part of the season and we’ve already had one game called off.

“There’s the Bury situation and the potential for matches being postponed due to internationals, although it’s great news that Bolton have been saved.

"It’s another very good test for us on Saturday and Blackpool have done well under tough circumstances in recent seasons."

Kenny Jackett

“That might mean there’s periods when games come thick and fast, but you just have to get your head around that and try to adapt better than the opposition.

“It’s another very good test for us on Saturday and Blackpool have done well under tough circumstances in recent seasons.

“They’ve got new ownership and management – with several new players as well – and have started the season in positive form.

“All our focus since Thursday morning is on this fixture – and it would have been whatever the result at QPR the previous day.”

There is already plenty of anticipation ahead of next month’s Carabao Cup third round tie, which will see south coast rivals Southampton head to Fratton Park.

Jackett said: “There was a big roar from the players on the coach when the draw was made, so it shows that everyone’s excited.

“That’s tempered for me slightly as a manager because we want to prioritise the league, but we’ve got through two rounds and deserved a big tie.

“Derbies are great and Fratton will be ready on the night, so it’s a good one to tuck away for the next few weeks.”


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