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Jackett: Confidence Can Help Us Build

Boss looks ahead to Charlton test

7 March 2019

Kenny Jackett
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There was little surprise when Sky Sports selected Saturday’s League One contest for live television coverage.

With both sides currently occupying play-off positions in the quest for promotion, there is plenty at stake when Pompey travel to Charlton.

Throw in the fact that more than 3,000 away fans will be visiting The Valley and the atmosphere should be electric.

It starts a busy week of action for Kenny Jackett’s troops and he is looking for a healthy return from the next three games.

The Blues boss said: “Both sides have a lot to play for – they’re big clubs and promotion is a realistic aim.

“It’s going to be a great occasion on live television and the fixture is promoting diversity, while I’m sure there will be a fantastic atmosphere.

"We’re not underestimating any of the games, but need to be strong enough as a squad to get through these periods."

Kenny Jackett

“Charlton have plenty of good players and have had a positive season so far. They’re a competitive side in this division.

“But we had a good week, scoring eight goals in two games, and we want that to continue. It should give the players and fans confidence.

“We’re still looking to push those top two sides right up to the end of the season. We need to win and for others to slip up, but all we have to concentrate on ourselves.

“The important thing is that we finish the campaign positively and after that, all you can do is hope your points total is enough.

“There are nine available in eight days – it’s a typical week in League One and we want to get as many as possible.

“We’re not underestimating any of the games, but need to be strong enough as a squad to get through these periods.”

Jackett is pleased to have Matt Clarke and Nathan Thompson available following a clash of heads in the 5-1 rout of Bradford.

He said: “It was some collision and for part of the weekend, Matt had one of Nathan’s teeth in his head.

“But both of them were fine a few days later, as were Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis, who also went off.”

However, Curtis might miss out later in the month after being named in the provisional Republic of Ireland squad for matches against Gibraltar and Georgia.

Jackett said: “They’ve had a change of manager, but he continues to be selected and Mick McCarthy has taken notice of him.

“It’s a big thing to represent your country and every player has that ambition to be involved in international football. I’m delighted for Ronan.”

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