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Jackett: No Excuses

Pompey training on artificial pitch ahead of Harrogate test

9 November 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Kenny Jackett will not be looking for excuses ahead of Pompey’s Emirates FA Cup tie at Harrogate Town.

The hosts – who currently occupy a National League play-off berth – use an artificial pitch for their home fixtures.

So their opponents will be training on a synthetic surface over the weekend to help prepare for the televised contest.

And after guiding his side to the fourth round last term, Jackett is hoping Pompey can enjoy another cup run.

The Blues boss said: “The game is a difficult tie in its own right, especially when you look at Harrogate’s recent form and the fact we’re away from home.

“But if you want to get into the latter rounds and play one of the bigger boys – which we definitely do – then you have to come through different types of tie.

“We have a 4G pitch booked on Saturday and Sunday, so that will help us get used to that kind of surface.

"There were some great games in the FA Cup last season and do we want another run this time? Definitely."

Kenny Jackett

“A lot of younger players are familiar with working on those pitches and I’ve spoken to people I know in the National League who say Harrogate’s is a good one.

“We can’t offer up any excuses and need to have the best attitude possible as we look to follow on from some better performances.

“Since the draw, we’ve watched Harrogate quite a bit and our knowledge will be good. We’ll be well prepared.

“There were some great games in the FA Cup last season and do we want another run this time? Definitely.

“It’s a chance, in front of the televisions cameras, to give a good account of ourselves and of Portsmouth Football Club.”

The following weekend will see Pompey without a game after Fleetwood chose to postpone their trip to Fratton Park because of international selections.

Jackett said: “It has been an unusual season so far and we’ll be going another two-and-a-half weeks without a league game.

“That does stop any momentum, but it is what it is and we have to make sure that we put on a good performance when we do play again.”

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