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Jackett: We Should Thrive On Busy Schedule

Boss reflects on FA Cup stalemate

26 January 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey have another game to fit into their already packed schedule.

A 1-1 draw with QPR in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup means the sides will meet again at Loftus Road.

With several rearranged league matches and a Checkatrade Trophy semi-final to come, there are plenty of midweek fixtures ahead.

But Kenny Jackett does not want that to be used as an excuse and is looking forward to what lies ahead.

The Blues boss said: “It’s a busy schedule, but we should be looking forward to the game ahead. It’s something we should enjoy and thrive on.

"If you think it’s going to be a problem and tell yourself that you’re tired then that’s exactly what will happen."

Kenny Jackett

“There are big challenges in every competition and we never want to get beaten. Our attitude is very good and that should always be the case.

“If you think it’s going to be a problem and tell yourself that you’re tired then that’s exactly what will happen.

“We’re in a decent position and there’s nothing but positives at the moment. Things are never going to be perfect, so you just have to apply yourself properly.”

Pompey took the lead when Joel Lynch turned Lee Brown’s cross into his own net, but Nahki Wells levelled for the Championship side.

Jackett said: “We got the first goal and there was a period during the second half when we were on top.

“I felt we deserved the lead and QPR ultimately equalised from a set-piece when they hadn’t created many clear-cut chances during the game.

“So we were disappointed with that because we got ourselves into sixes and sevens at the front post, with opportunities to clear it.

“We were very solid and competitive, getting into good wide areas – particularly down the left with Brown.

“Louis Dennis grew into the game after a tough first half, showing some good ability and turns that he should be encouraged by.”

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