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Jackett: A Competitive Side

First team players set to be involved at Woking

30 July 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The preparations are almost complete and the curtain is about to rise on the new League One season.

But Pompey have one final friendly to negotiate before attention turns to the weekend trip to Shrewsbury.

They visit Kingfield Stadium this evening (7.45pm kick-off) to face a Woking outfit that won promotion to the National League last term.

And Kenny Jackett is expected to give several members of his first team squad an opportunity to impress.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve got the likes of James Bolton and Oli Hawkins coming back from injury, so it should be a relatively strong team.

"It’ll be a useful test and it can help those boys who really do need 90 minutes at this stage of the summer."

Kenny Jackett

“I do expect it to be a competitive side fielded by us, with the vast majority of those who didn’t start at Crawley on Saturday.

“It’ll be a useful test and it can help those boys who really do need 90 minutes at this stage of the summer.

“We’ve got a few players coming back from injury and we’re looking for everyone to do well ahead of Saturday.

“The plan has always been to shape an effective unit, so hopefully we can get off to a good start and enjoy a successful campaign.

“There’s only so much you can tell from pre-season and your real test is when you come up against teams at your level.”

Ross McCrorie limped off towards the end of last Saturday’s win at Crawley, but Jackett downplayed the incident.

He said: “Hopefully he’ll be okay. I’m sure that he’d have simply run it off if we were playing a league game.”


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