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Jackett: Getting Up To Speed

Boss reflects on Plymouth draw

9 February 2019

Kenny Jackett
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It had been pretty uninspiring stuff before the break at Home Park.

But the action certainly picked up during the second half of Pompey’s League One clash with Plymouth.

Ben Close slotted home to open the scoring during a spell of intense pressure from the visitors, much to the delight of the noisy travelling army.

A fine free-kick from Graham Carey ensured that Argyle – who were top of the division’s form table – salvaged a point, however.

And Kenny Jackett was annoyed that his side could not hold on for the victory, but pleased with their overall display.

The Blues boss said: “We want to be winning games and feel a little bit hard done by after going ahead and then having chances to increase our lead.

"We want to produce more displays like that and get a few more of our lads up to speed."

Kenny Jackett

“I felt the decision to award the free-kick was slightly harsh, although Carey’s hit a fantastic effort with his left foot.

“It was always going to be a tight match and it’s frustrating that we couldn’t get three points because we defended well and restricted Plymouth to few chances.

“We were able to get into some very threatening positions throughout and I thought our performance was encouraging.

“We got in behind them, got crosses in and got people into the box, while their keeper pulled off a couple of outstanding saves.

“Now we want to produce more displays like that and get a few more of our lads up to speed because I thought Bryn Morris played well.

“He looks to be over his ankle injury and formed a good midfield partnership with Ben Close. He was unlucky not to get in and score the winner at the end.

“We’re looking forward to a run of five games in 15 days from next week, starting with a televised match at Southend.”

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