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Fighting On Three Fronts

Jackett looks ahead to Scunthorpe tie

20 January 2020

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey’s next three games come in three different competitions and in the space of just eight days.

And while success in League One is undoubtedly the priority, Kenny Jackett is also looking for FA Cup and Trophy progress.

It is a tie in the latter that is first for his side to negotiate on Tuesday evening, as Scunthorpe pay a visit to Fratton Park.

With the winners just one game away from a Wembley final, Jackett knows there is plenty to play for.

The Blues boss said: “It’s a big week of cup games and we’re looking forward to both of the matches – we’ve come a long way to get through to this stage.

“It comes in the middle of a big run of fixtures for us and we’re going to try to be successful in all competitions.

"We’re looking to capitalise on the fact we’re at home, but certainly won’t be underestimating our opponents."

Kenny Jackett

“If we can keep progressing on all three fronts then that would be great because winning always breeds confidence.

“It’s obviously a massive game against Barnsley on Saturday, but right now we’re only concentrating on facing Scunthorpe.

“I’m expecting them to put out a strong team – as everyone will at this stage – because we’re only two steps from Wembley.

“We’re looking to capitalise on the fact we’re at home, but certainly won’t be underestimating our opponents.

“There’s the old adage of one game at a time, but we saw the excitement build last season and want that to continue.”

Jackett has not yet decided whether Jack Whatmough will be handed his first senior appearance of the season after recovering from a long-term knee injury.

He said: “Jack’s returned to the fold in recent weeks and is a very determined individual, who never lets things get him down.

“I’ve been careful with him after initially targeting a return at Christmas and we just wanted to be a bit careful.

“But he’s appeared very comfortable in training and it doesn’t look like he’s been playing catch-up. We’re confident he’s ready to go.”

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