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Jackett Hoping For Cup Reward

Boss reflects on win at Fleetwood

4 January 2020

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Paul Thompson

Kenny Jackett hopes that Pompey will be rewarded for battling their way through to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Having already seen off non-league opponents in Harrogate Town and Altrincham, they won 2-1 at fellow third tier outfit Fleetwood.

Goals from James Bolton and John Marquis did the damage after the break, with Conor McAleny grabbing a late consolation for the hosts.

And with the draw for the next stage taking place on Monday evening, Jackett is looking to be paired with one of the top-flight giants.

The Blues boss said: “We played well and had some good chances in the first half, so I was a little disappointed to go in at 0-0.

“I thought we were on top – and you generally need to score when that’s the case. We did have the opportunities.

“But I’m pleased to say we got the key moments right after the break, which hasn’t always been the case this season.

"The cup competitions have been good to us since I’ve been here and we’re delighted to be in the hat for the next round."

Kenny Jackett

“The two goals came from set-pieces and that’s very welcome. James has got in there a few times of late and not been able to finish, so I’m delighted for him.

“He’s certainly got the ability to do that and provided the crucial opener, while it was a real goalscorer’s goal from John.

“We really needed that second one because Fleetwood finished the game strongly, put some real pressure on us and we just couldn’t hold on.

“The cup competitions have been good to us since I’ve been here and we’re delighted to be in the hat for the next round. I’m looking forward to the draw.

“We’ve got through some difficult ties, so it would be great if we could get one of the big boys. Let’s hope it comes out well for us.”

Jackett was pleased with the performance of Steve Seddon, who came straight into the side after arriving on loan from Birmingham.

He said: “He’s someone we’ve watched for a while and has got plenty of attacking intent, which is what you need as an attacking full-back.

“We’ve been playing with no left-footers in the side at all recently, so he does provide us with some balance.”

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