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Boss Seeks Wembley Return

Jackett looks ahead to Exeter clash in Trophy

17 February 2020

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey enjoyed a glorious day out at Wembley last March, beating Sunderland on penalties to lift the EFL Trophy.

Now they are aiming to head back to the national stadium – with Exeter standing in the way of a second successive final.

The League Two outfit head to Fratton Park on Tuesday evening for a last four clash between two sides also chasing promotion from their respective divisions.

And although Kenny Jackett has promised to freshen up his side, it will still be a strong line-up taking to the pitch.

The Blues: “Winning the competition last season was great and it was a fantastic day for the club at Wembley.

“Now it’s come around very quickly again and we’re one step from getting back there, so we’ll be giving everything.

“Everyone knows that reaching the Championship is our priority, but it’s a real opportunity for both teams.

"We’ll need some energy from different players coming into the team, but we’ll be doing whatever we can to win."

Kenny Jackett

“We’ve always changed the team in this competition and given chances to one or two younger players.

“There will be some alterations against Exeter and those guys who have been pushing from the bench have to be ready.

“We’ll need some energy from different players coming into the team, but we’ll be doing whatever we can to win.

“We’ve obviously got a big game on Saturday, although at the moment all of my focus is on Tuesday night.

“The players all have a really good attitude and you always see that competitive spirit, which we’ve witnessed during the course of the season.”

Jackett is expecting his team to be tested by a Grecians side who are enjoying a three-match winning run.

He said: “We certainly won’t be underestimating Exeter – they’ve got 63 points from 33 games in League Two and are only second to Swindon on goal difference.

“They’re a side from a level down and so there is an expectation for us to do well, but that’s something we have to cope with.

“Exeter are the latest hurdle that we have to overcome and they’ve got a good balance about their squad, which is reflective of their position.”

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