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Jackett: We Have To Be Ready

Boss looks ahead to QPR clash

27 August 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Simon Davies

Victorious Festival meant music briefly overtook football as the main topic of conversation in Portsmouth at the weekend.

The annual Southsea event put paid to Fratton Park’s hopes of hosting a League One contest with Rotherham.

So Kenny Jackett is looking forward to seeing his side back in action when they visit QPR in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.

And with Pompey failing to win either of their past two fixtures, it is a chance to get things back on track.

The Blues boss said: “We’re looking forward to taking on a Championship side following a weekend without a game.

“When you look at what’s coming up – with an international break, Bury and Bolton – it might be like that for a while.

"Wednesday gives people an opportunity to respond to the last match and work towards their best form."

Kenny Jackett

“But you have to overcome that and make sure that when the games do come around, you’re ready for them.

“It’s a big week for us, with QPR and Blackpool coming up – which are going to provide different types of tests.

“Wednesday gives people an opportunity to respond to the last match and work towards their best form.

“We haven’t been outclassed in either of our past two games, but have to be honest about the fact we got one point out of six.

“There were good cup runs for us last season and we always want to do well in them, although QPR isn’t as important as Blackpool.

“It will be the same for our opponents. They’ll want to go through on their own patch, but Saturday is the priority.”

Jackett could make changes to his team as they try to reach the third round for the first time since 2011.

He said: “We have to give people opportunities and also ensure we’re ready for both games this week. It’s about balancing the two.”

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