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Jackett: Not Clinical Enough

Boss reflects on cup exit at Bristol City

10 January 2021

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Graham Hunt

The statistics show that Pompey had more shots on target than Bristol City in the Emirates FA Cup.

But they were unable to cause an upset at Ashton Gate after Chris Martin netted a fine late winner for the Championship side.

Right-back Callum Johnson had earlier scored his first goal for the club to cancel out Famara Diedhiou’s opener.

And it was the visitors who were providing more of a threat after the interval, only to ultimately exit the competition in the third round.

Kenny Jackett did not blame bad luck for the result, though, and knows his troops needed to show a more clinical edge.

The Blues boss said: “We’re frustrated to lose a game that we had quite a lot of, especially after giving a good Bristol City side plenty of problems.

“But when you get into the positions we did and create those chances, then you have to capitalise on them.

“We played well in the second half – up to a point. You need to finish those opportunities off to have something to hang on to in the latter stages.

"When you get into the positions we did and create those chances, then you have to capitalise on them."

Kenny Jackett

“That didn’t happen and I was right behind what was an outstanding strike from Martin to get the winner.

“We’ve had a good spell of training and the players have been able to keep into their routine, despite the gap between games.

“They were buzzing to get back. That’s what I expected and I never thought there would be a hangover.”

Ronan Curtis was the surprise absentee for Pompey when the teams were announced an hour before kick-off.

Jackett explained: “He had been feeling a bit rough over the past 48 hours and so we didn’t bring him with us.

“He did have a negative Covid test during the week, but you don’t want to take any chances, so we’ll probably retest him tomorrow.

“Hopefully he’ll be able to get over things pretty quickly and will be available at least by next weekend.

“Alex Bass was also missing after getting a dead calf following a collision with Haji Mnoga in training. We’re hoping he’ll be okay for Tuesday.”

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