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Jackett Rues More Dropped Points

Boss reflects on Oxford stalemate

2 November 2019

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

It was a case of Groundhog Day for Pompey, as they conceded a late goal against Oxford.

For the third Saturday in succession, Kenny Jackett’s side dropped points after their opponents scored in the closing stages.

This time it was Matty Taylor who haunted them with a back post header that cancelled out Gareth Evans’ penalty in a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park.

That was despite the hosts dominating for large periods of the contest in difficult windy conditions and creating plenty of chances.

And although Jackett was certainly pleased with their overall display, he knows more has to be done to see games out.

The Blues boss said: “We’re obviously very frustrated because it looked such a simple goal on a day when our standards were pretty high.

"Either we should have seen the game out or we should have put more of our chances away to ensure the late goal was just a consolation."

Kenny Jackett

“It was the same against Bristol Rovers and we’ve got two points out of six on the back of two very good performances.

“We’ve worked extremely hard to get ourselves into pole position and it’s been a feature of the season that we’ve let them slip.

“We haven’t got tight enough to James Henry and he’s dug out a looping cross that’s headed in from beyond the far post.

“Either we should have seen the game out or we should have put more of our chances away to ensure the late goal was just a consolation.

“It’s certainly not a point gained when we look back on how we’ve played – it’s definitely another case of two lost.

“There’s certainly a lot we can take from recent games because we delivered a lot of quality and tempo.

“Ultimately, though, points are the bottom line and there were areas where we could have made different decisions.”


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