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Jackett: Moving Quickly On

Boss looks ahead to Dons test

19 January 2021

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

It has been more than a month since Fratton Park last hosted a game of football.

But Kenny Jackett’s side finally return to home action this evening, when AFC Wimbledon are the visitors to the south coast.

And in a case of going from famine to feast, it is the first of three successive fixtures for Pompey on their own patch.

Promotion-chasing Hull and Lincoln follow in the next seven days, but first up for Jackett to focus on is a clash with a Dons outfit who have dropped into the relegation places.

The Blues boss said: “They’re a lively side and get a lot of players forward, with their results not quite matching their performances.

“We know they can cause us problems and we’ll have to be at our very best in a tight league where anyone can give you a game.

"We’ve got three home games coming up now and we’ll need to be brave on the ball and look to set the tone."

Kenny Jackett

“It was an excellent result up at Fleetwood on Saturday, albeit with some things we could have done better.

“But we have to move on from that match very quickly – that’s going to be the case from now on, with so many fixtures coming thick and fast.

“You asses a performance quickly and accurately, but then look ahead. That’s going to be key for us as we try to keep pace with the sides at the top of the league.

“We’ve got three home games coming up now and we’ll need to be brave on the ball and look to set the tone.”

Pompey could welcome Ronan Curtis back to the side, with the Republic of Ireland international having recovered from Covid-19.

Jackett said: “Ronan trained individually on Sunday. He feels good and has no symptoms, so was able to return with the full group on Monday.

“His period of isolation is over and he’s going to be available for us against Wimbledon, which is really good news.”

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