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Jackett Hails Clinical Blues

Boss reflects on victory over Northampton

27 October 2020

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Robin Jones

The past eight days have been extremely fruitful for Pompey’s chances of League One success this season.

Games against Gillingham, Sunderland and Northampton have yielded nine points, with nine goals scored and just one conceded.

The latter side were beaten 4-0 at Fratton Park, courtesy of John Marquis’ brace and goals from Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness.

Kenny Jackett insisted that it was not as easy as the final score might suggest, but was delighted with the efforts of his side.

The Blues boss said: “Our finishing was clinical, although – as ever – we had to work hard. There were times when I don’t think the scoreline reflected the game.

“But I was very pleased with the players and we were able to earn a clean sheet, with my keeper making a really good save.

"Our finishing was clinical, although – as ever – we had to work hard."

Kenny Jackett

“It took us a while to break them down and there was a key time at the start of the second half when we scored two quick goals to really put us in pole position.

“Goals are always big for your forward players and we’ll need all of them, while also having to give them service.

“Now we look forward to facing two very strong sides in Charlton and Lincoln, and will have to be at our best to keep this run going.”

Marquis yet to find the target in the league at the start of last week, but has now notched five times in the past three matches.

Jackett said: “John is on a really positive run, but whether he scores or not, he always gives everything to the team, which is a good basis to work off.

“We’ve tried hard to give him more and more support and provide the opportunities for him to get those goals.

“Ronan also found a bit of form and once he scored, you could see the confidence. He worked well with Lee Brown down the left.”

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