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Jackett: An Excellent Cup Tie

Boss reflects on first round victory at Ipswich

7 November 2020

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Nigel Keene

It was an exciting and eventful contest that certainly provided a fair old sprinkling of that famed FA Cup magic.

And Sean Raggett’s controversial extra-time winner ensured that Pompey progressed to the second round at Ipswich.

Early goals from Ronan Curtis and Tom Naylor were cancelled out by Jon Nolan and James Norwood in Suffolk.

That ensured an additional 30 minutes would be required and Raggett looked to be in an offside position when he put the ball over the line just before the end.

But Kenny Jackett was happy that the luck was on his team’s side on this occasion and felt it was an enjoyable contest.

The Blues boss said: “It’s a shame there were no fans there because it was an excellent cup tie and a very good advert for League One.

“Everyone tells me the last goal was offside, although I haven’t seen it again. But you do get some of those decisions and don’t get others.

"We had a lot chances and looked pretty potent going forward, adding fresh energy with our substitutions."

Kenny Jackett

“There are quite a few that might have gone our way this season if we’d had a crowd inside the stadium.

“Ipswich are a very good side. They made a number of changes, but were still able to name a strong team.

“We had a lot chances and looked pretty potent going forward, adding fresh energy with our substitutions.

“I thought we had the first half and Ipswich had the second, while we still had some clear-cut openings in the latter part and always looked like scoring in extra-time.

“We’ve had a fair bit of travelling recent weeks, so – as ever – we’d like a home draw in the next round.”

The only sour note for Pompey was seeing regulars Andy Cannon and Callum Johnson both limp off the pitch.

Jackett said: “Andy had a groin injury and we’ll have to see how long he’ll be out for, but my first impression is weeks rather than days.

“The muscle problems do creep up on you, but they can’t be helped and that’s why you have a squad.

“Callum went off with just a dead leg, so he should be okay, although both sides wet flat out and sometimes injuries are a consequence of that.”

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