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Jackett Savours Clash Between Promotion Contenders

Boss looks ahead to Hull visit

18 December 2020

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

It was only 10 years ago that Pompey and Hull were facing off in the Premier League.

But even though the sides are now competing in the third tier of English football, this evening’s meeting at the KCOM Stadium is a huge one.

The visitors are currently sitting second in the League One standings, although victory would see them leapfrog their opponents into top spot.

And Kenny Jackett believes his troops should welcome the chance to be involved in such a momentous occasion.

The Blues boss said: “It’s the sort of game you want to be involved in. It’s live on Sky and they’ve made a fantastic start after coming down from the Championship.

“Our aim is to get to that level ourselves – but what you want and what you get can often be very different things.

“Promotion will 100 per cent be the aim for both sides this season, but there are a lot of teams who are looking at those to six places.

"Our aim is to get to that level ourselves – but what you want and what you get can often be very different things."

Kenny Jackett

“Us and Hull have those top two places at the moment, although it’s very close in the table and so the details attitude and team spirit are all very important.

“I’m very confident that this group of players at Pompey have those attributes and they have the ability to fight back after suffering a disappointment.

“Hull have lost a couple of close games, but they started well for a reason and it’s a big game for both sides, so we know they’ll be motivated to do well.

“We want to keep our run going and maintain some consistency after moving up the table in recent weeks.

“It’s our second live television game in the league and we need to make sure we give a good account of ourselves.”

Pompey travel north with almost a fully-fit squad to choose from, although Lee Brown is still sidelined by a hamstring problem.

Jackett said: “He’ll be two-three weeks from when he got the injury and is already back out running. He’s the only one who’s not available.”

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