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Kenny's Home Comforts

Boss discusses the prospect of playing at an empty Fratton Park

14 May 2020

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Football fans should get used to the prospect of matches taking place behind closed doors whenever the sport resumes.

And Kenny Jackett hopes that will not adversely affect the rapport that exists between players and supporters at Fratton Park.

He acknowledges that nobody will be in the ground to watch any potential conclusion to the current campaign – or the start of the next one.

Pompey’s excellent home record shows the importance of the home faithful and Jackett knows they will need to adapt.

The Blues boss said: “I would always want Fratton Park full if possible and welcome all the expectation and pressure that comes with that.

“It’s all part of the appeal of this club and if you look at our form there this season, it has been outstanding.

"The players and I are always positive about being at Fratton Park and the ground will certainly look different if we are behind closed doors."

Kenny Jackett

“The link between the crowd and players is excellent and that’s been reflected in the results at home.

“It has been on the road where we haven’t been quite solid enough and when we’ve been looking for that break, it hasn’t come.

“We haven’t been able to go on that little run needed to take us to the top, rather than grouped in the pack.

“So the players and I are always positive about being at Fratton Park and the ground will certainly look different if we are behind closed doors.

“But that scenario certainly looks like it is coming and it would obviously result in a totally different atmosphere.

“It’s why I would always want the crowd there, but if it’s not to be then we simply have to get on with it.”


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