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Jackett looking for a return to form against Doncaster

1 February 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Kenny Jackett is looking for Pompey to get their league form back on track against Doncaster this weekend.

They have not claimed a point in third tier since beating AFC Wimbledon on New Year’s Day, despite enjoying progress in two separate cup competitions.

A positive display in the second half of Tuesday night’s narrow defeat to new table-toppers Luton on Tuesday evening was certainly a step in the right direction.

But Jackett knows that results are the only thing that really matters and believes the fans can help them see off Rovers.

The Blues boss said: “There are many good teams in this division and Doncaster are certainly one of them.

“They’ll have genuine aspirations of getting in the play-offs and winning promotion themselves, so we’ll respect them without worrying too much about the opposition.

"Our crowd have been terrific and will be again on Saturday, so we have to bring them into play with our performance."

Kenny Jackett

“We go into the game off the back of a poor run of results in the league, despite the cup results sprinkled in there.

“So we’re looking to bounce back after Tuesday night, even though it could have gone either way in the second half.

“It’s results that count and we want to perform like we did after the break, while rediscovering that way to keep clean sheets and get wins.

“You just have to analyse what you’re doing right and wrong, then look forward to the next match. We need to push forward with determination.

“Our crowd have been terrific and will be again on Saturday, so we have to bring them into play with our performance.”

Jackett will have to decide whether to start Omar Bogle, who came off the bench to score at Luton on his debut.

He said: “Omar did very well and changed the game for us, but it’s about making sure we manage him properly.

“I don’t want him to suddenly get injured, although he’s here to play football and it’s a balance between the two.

“We’ll do what we feel is sensible and I’m sure getting an early goal in his Pompey career would have lifted his confidence.”

Pompey were active in the final few days of the transfer window, with Bogle, Lloyd Isgrove, James Vaughan and Viv Solomon-Otabor all arriving.

Jackett said: “With Joe Mason, Andre Green and Dave Wheeler all going back, it was along our front line that we had to strengthen.

“We needed more options and firepower during a crucial stage of the season. We have many games ahead and need to be ready.

“It hasn’t just been a case of collecting players for the sake of it and we’ve made sure there’s an even distribution of players.”

Jackett’s options for the Doncaster game have been boosted by the return to fitness of a couple of key players.

He explained: “Both Nathan Thompson and Oli Hawkins have trained all week, so they’re available to play.

“But we’re waiting on news on Bryn Morris. He got a kick on his ankle is 50/50, so we’ll have to see whether or not he’s fit.

“Andy Cannon is two to three weeks away with a quad injury, while we’ll look forward to some news on Luke McGee next week.”

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