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Boss Wants To Build On Pompey Progress

Jackett looking to take advantage of run of home games

25 November 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Six of Pompey’s next seven matches in all competitions will take place at Fratton Park.

And with four of those in League One, it provides the perfect chance to continue a recent climb up the table.

Rotherham are the first visitors to the south coast on Tuesday night, with clashes against Peterborough, Ipswich and Wycombe following next month.

Kenny Jackett knows it is a crucial stage of the campaign and wants his side to make the most of the Fratton faithful’s vociferous backing.

The Blues boss said: “It’s a big opportunity for us and we want to be going into these games on the front foot and full of confidence.

“We need to make that home advantage count wherever possible and do whatever we can to bring our fans into play.

“We’re looking to close the gap on the play-offs with some continued good form to put ourselves in a strong position going into the new year.

“There are a few games coming up against sides currently sitting above us in the table, but they’re tests we’re looking forward to.

"We do feel like we’re making progress and always work off a base of having the right attitude and putting the effort in."

Kenny Jackett

“Rotherham look strong and are sitting fourth in the league at the moment. They have good options throughout their squad.

“You look at the players that are key for them and, as a manager, are always reviewing the opposition.

“We’ll have to work hard – as we always do – and show plenty of endeavour and quality for our fantastic fans.

“We do feel like we’re making progress and always work off a base of having the right attitude and putting the effort in. Egos are left at the door and it’s all about working as a team.”

Pompey have scored seven times in their past two league fixtures and Jackett hopes that prolific form can continue.

He said: “With the forward players we have and the guys coming off the bench in those positions, we do have goals in our side.

“If we can add them from other areas – none of our centre-backs have scored yet – then it can really set us on our way.

“We scored three away from home on Saturday, which is very encouraging, and hopefully we can build on that.”

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