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Jackett: A Useful Exercise

Boss reflects on resounding victory at UCD

10 July 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

It was an impressive first taste of action for the Pompey side this summer.

They romped to an 11-0 victory at Irish top-flight outfit UCD in the opening pre-season friendly, with Brett Pitman grabbing a hat-trick.

There were also braces for Ronan Curtis and Louis Dennis, while Jamal Lowe, Gareth Evans, Joe Hancott and Ben Close notched the other goals.

Kenny Jackett knows there will be tougher tests for his troops ahead, but was pleased with what he saw in Dublin.

The Blues boss said: “It was our first run-out of the season and we scored some good goals, while everyone got 45 minutes.

“We’re in the middle of what’s a hard week over here and we appreciate that UCD hosted us on a nice pitch.

“It was a useful exercise for us and one that we got a lot out of. It was like a training game at times in the second half, but UCD had their first team out before the break.

"It was our first run-out of the season and we scored some good goals, while everyone got 45 minutes."

Kenny Jackett

“Now we can all look forward to going to Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday and trying to build on this.

“We need to make sure the new lads keep integrating and we want to hit the ground running as we look ahead to Shrewsbury.”

Dennis was the star of the show in the first half, providing a couple of assists before scoring two goals of his own.

Jackett said: “He’s had a good summer so far and I do feel that he’s capable of scoring goals after a frustrating season.

“Hopefully that will be beneficial for us and he’ll have got stronger. He’s shown a high standard so far.”

The only member of Pompey’s travelling party not to feature at the UCD Bowl was striker Oli Hawkins.

Jackett explained: “Oli’s back seized up. He came over to Ireland with us and we’ll just have to see if he’s fit for the weekend.”

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