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Jackett: Finding A Way To Win

Boss reflects on New Year's Day victory over Dons

1 January 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

There was no New Year’s Day hangover for Pompey as they strengthened their lead at the top of the League One table.

Jamal Lowe netted the first Fratton goal of 2019 in just the eighth minute to set them on their way against AFC Wimbledon.

It looked as though Kwesi Appiah might spoil the party with a stunning strike for the visitors, but Ronan Curtis soon nodded home to seal the points.

And Kenny Jackett was pleased that Pompey kept battling, not letting their heads drop after conceding.

The Blues boss said: “It’s hard to win games of football and, however you do it, you just have to find a way.

“I thought we played well in the first half and looked in control without really putting Wimbledon to the sword.

“Did we put the ball in early enough? Did we find the final pass around the box? Maybe not, but we were the better side and deserved the lead.

"We played well in the first half and looked in control without really putting Wimbledon to the sword."

Kenny Jackett

“We had two big chances – through Ronan and Gareth Evans – inside the first 15 minutes after the break.

“But we didn’t put those away and let our opponents get big into the game with, what I have to say, was a fantastic strike. It gave my keeper no chance.

“The sign of a good side, though, is what you do after that and we found an excellent goal to move things back our way.

“They had got on top of us slightly in midfield in the second half and had some hope, but I can’t remember too many other chances that Craig MacGillivray had to deal with.”

It was Pompey’s fourth fixture in 10 days during the hectic festive period and Jackett was not surprised that his side were not at their most vibrant.

He said: “They should be tired, but also buoyant with what they’ve achieved so far. The schedule is the same for all sides and you will see games that lack a bit of energy.”

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