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Jackett Looking For Progress

Two friendlies remaining for Pompey

25 July 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The start date for the new League One campaign is fast approaching.

Pompey have just a couple more games to prepare before the serious business begins at Shrewsbury on August 3.

The first of those sees them visit Broadfield Stadium to take on fourth tier outfit Crawley on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

And with time running out to complete their preparations, Kenny Jackett is looking for his side to keep improving.

The Blues boss said: “We have two friendlies still to play – Crawley on Saturday and then at Woking on Tuesday evening.

“The former are a side we’ll be getting to know very well, as we’ve got them in the EFL Trophy coming up as well.

“They’ll both be good tests for us and I fully intend to give all of our senior players another 90 minutes.

"The players have responded really well and have stepped up during every game we’ve had in pre-season."

Kenny Jackett

“But we’re also looking for the team to progress and improve as we continue to work towards the Shrewsbury game.

“We’re concentrating on every area and have been trying to establish different partnerships – whether because it’s been enforced or through choice.

“That needs to come together all over the pitch to make sure that we’re an effective, cohesive and confident unit.

“The players have responded really well and have stepped up during every game we’ve had in pre-season.”

Pompey’s injury list is starting to shorten, although the Crawley match might come too soon for some.

Jackett said: “James Bolton and Oli Hawkins are both back and will be around for Saturday, although more likely to play on Tuesday.

“Ryan Williams and Bryn Morris aren’t quite ready yet and we’re hoping that they’ll be okay for the Woking game.”

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