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Pompey Boss Ready To Adapt - And He And His Players Will Certainly Need To

Kenny Jackett is prparing for new ways of coaching his players and getting them ready for match action.The Pompey boss says they still do not know how things will work when players are allowed to return to training and then, in time, play matches. But what\'s for sure is things will be very different to the norm for a while.Jackett told the Pompey website: \'Everyone wants to get back to what we consider ‘normal’ – and it’s no different in football. There is a greater good and a cause we have ....

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Could Pompey Be Forced To Introduce A Salary Cap?

Pompey and all their League One and League Two counterparts may be forced to introduce a salary cap.The idea is reportedly being put forward by the EFL as football tries to work out a way through the lockdown and the severe financial effect it has had on clubs.League One sides would be given a £2.5m ceiling for salaries, while the sum would be £1.25m for the fourth tier, according to a report in the Telegraph, who said clubs would get points deductions if players were not paid on time.The EFL ....

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Will Monday Prove To Be D-day For Pompey And The Rest Of League One?

We may finally find out on Monday how the League One season will end - and what that will mean for Pompey.Clubs are due to meet virtually again after failing to reach agreement on Friday, when League Two clubs did decide to give up on hopes of playing the remainder of their season.Some say the most likely outcome is that they will decide not to play remaining games - apart from play-offs - and to work out a final league table based on points per game. A Pompey-Oxford play-off semi-final is one ....

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Closed Doors At Fratton? We Will Just Have To Get On With It

Kenny Jackett faced up to the prospect of his team playing at an empty Fratton Park and admitted: We\'ll just have to get on with it.As League One and League Two clubs continue to discuss how - and in fact - whether to resume the current season and bring it to its natural end, there seems little doubt that when the game does start again, it will not be in front of crowds.With talk of the two lower divisions of the Football League possibly likely to vote to draw a line under the season as soon ....

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Pompey Boss Gives Verdict On Whether League One Season Should Continue

Kenny Jackett wants efforts to save the season to continue - regardless of whether the campaign could yet have a positive outcome for Pompey.As talk grows that League One and Two clubs are ready to write off the 2019-20 season, the Pompey manager said finding a way to bring the season to its natural end still seemed the right thing to do.He admits that won\'t be easy with the likelihood of significant gatherings being allowed in the near future remote.Jackett told the club website: \'I would ....

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Curtis Champing At The Bit For Pompey\'s Return To Action

Ronan Curtis admits it is a \'nightmare\' being stuck at home and not being able to play football - but says the fight against coronavirus is more important.The Republic of Ireland international is back in Portsmouth after a spell staying with his family in Ireland and says he can\'t wait for the day when he can get back to playing football and turning out for Pompey.Curtis told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We all miss it – players, staff and fans. But there are more important things at the moment ....

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Pompey Players Trying To Keep The Smiles On The Faces Of City Folk

Christian Burgess says it\'s no hardship for Pompey\'s players to put their spare time in the lockdown to good use by helping vulnerable members of the community.Burgess is among Blues players and staff to volunteer to help charity and community projects aiming to keep people\'s lifeline services running throughout the national crisis.He told the club website: “I got in contact with Clare at Pompey in the Community to see what we could do to help out. She told us about everything they’re doing ....

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Why A Regionalised League One/two Set-up Would Not Suit Pompey

Mark Catlin has warned the idea of League One and League Two being regionalised and put on the same footing has pitfalls.It\'s been suggested as one possible outcome of the need for clubs in lower leagues to cut costs following the shutdown caused by Covid-19.Catlin told the Pompey website it did have its up-sides - including less travelling for teams and supporters - but said a major drawback would be that for the first season of such a system, 48 teams would be playing for three promotion ....

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Pompey Fans Told: Football League Chiefs Working Hard To Bring About Return To Action

The EFL says a huge amount of work is going on behind the scenes to ensure football can return as soon as government regulations allow.It comes as new emerges that the government is to meet sport governing body chiefs in the coming week to discuss how a range of different sports might be permitted to make a comeback, albeit behind closed doors.An EFL statement passed on to fans by Pompey on their officials website said: \"The EFL notes this morning’s newspaper reports in respect of the ....

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Finishing Pompey\'s Season Behind Closed Doors Just Wouldn\'t Be The Same

Joe Gallen has conceded that Pompry may have no choice but to play games behind closed doors if football\'s rulers decide that\'s how they want to conclude the 2020-21 season.The National League have now joined lower non-league divisions in deciding to end their seasons now with no more games to be played, although National League divisions may yet be decided on results recorded so far.The Football League seems more likely to be kept open in case a resumption is possible and leagues can be ....

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Dons Must Be Downed If Pompey Are Serious About Promotion

Pompey have a chance to get their forgettable Fleetwood performance out of their system quickly - and they need to make sure they take it.A single goal by Callum Connolly condemned them to defeat in the north west, losing ground on a number of the promotion hunting teams above them.Tuesday night brings MK Dons to Fratton Park for a rearranged league game and it\'s one most will say HAS to end with a home win if Pompey are to regain at least some of the initiative in the race for a top six ....

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Pompey Boss Wants Fleetwood Focus - Helped By Midweek Lift

Pompey must put Wembley firmly out of their minds and focus again on their No1 priority - getting promotion from League One - as they go to Fleetwood.Joey Barton\'s team, who they face twice in the next few weeks, are in decent form and will give Kenny Jackett\'s team a stiff test.Pompey head into the game in sixth spot but knowing there are teams breathing down their necks if they slip up.Jackett told the Pompey website: \'All of the players and coaching staff will say that the league is most ....

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Trophy Isn\'t No1 Priority For Pompey - But They Do Want To Get To Wembley

A return to Wembley is a game away - and just as they did in last year\'s EFL Trophy semi-final, Pompey are putting out a strong side to try to ensure they make it.At Bury last year, Kenny Jackett fielded a side much stronger than the one which had got the Blues that far - and they duly won at Gigg Lane to set up the final with Sunderland, which they won on penalties.Now with the final in view again Jackett is adopting the same approach - even if some fans would rather see a number of key ....

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Fratton End Factor Helps Pompey Make Sure Shrews Lose

Joe Gallen praised Pompey\'s hard workers for plugging away at the task and ensuring there were no slip-ups against struggling Shrewsbury.They had to wait more than an hour for the breakthrough against a resolute Shrews side but eventually goals from Ellis Harrison and John Marquis secured three points to keep the Blues sixth and right on the tails of the sides above them.Gallen told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'I think ‘job done’ is a good way of putting it because it was always going to be a ....

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Pompey Manager Frustrated - But Still Looking Forward

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett felt Coventry made his team pay for not scoring when they were on top.The Blues lost their first game in 11 at St Andrews when Coventry got the game\'s only goal six minutes from time.Pompey are still sixth in League One but this was a chance to break into the top four blown.Jackett was disappointed but not completely downcast afterwards and told the club website: \'We were on top and trying to break through – particularly in the second half – and couldn’t quite find ....

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Pompey Patience Leads To Comfortable Win Over Sorry Southend

Pompey took a while to get going against struggling Southend at Fratton Park - but ended up comfortable 4-1 winners to make it four games unbeaten.Craig MavGillivray\'s calf injury gave Alex Bass his second start inside a month while Ellis Harrison came in for Gareth Evans and played as the main striker.The first half was turgid at times with Southend content to sit back and defend and Pompey struggling to break them down.But the Blues grabbed a half-time lead when sub Brandon Haunstrup - on ....

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Two Points From Two Games Doesn\'t Satisfy Jackett - It Should Have Been Six

Kenny Jackett said Pompey should have been capable of defending their 1-0 lead against Oxford at Fratton Park - or should have been more than a goal up so United\'s late strike didn\'t matter.Matty Taylor headed in a late equaliser for Karl Robinson\'s team to cancel out Gareth Evans\' penalty, scored after Ben Close was fouled in the box.It\'s the third Saturday in a row Pompwy have conceded late - and those three goals against, put together, have cost the Blues five points.Jackett told ....

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Why High-flying Oxford May Be Welcome Visitors To Fratton

Pompey often fare better against better teams - so they might welcome the sight of Oxford United looming into view at Fratton Park this weekend.The men from the Kassam are fifth in League One after a flying start to the season - which should at least mean they don\'t come south and sit back and play for a 0-0 draw.The Blues struggle to break down over-defensive teams and perhaps it\'s for that reason they go into this contest with some optimism.Jackett, whose side are struggling for ....

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I Want To Start For Pompey - And Score More Goals

Ronan Curtis wants to keep starting for Pompey - and scoring for Pompey.The winger was back in the first XI at Bristol Rovers last Saturday and repaid boss Kenny Jackett\'s faith in him with a goal that put Pompey 2-0 up before they allowed Rovers to fight back for a point.The Irishman has surely done enough to keep his place for Saturday\'s visit of Oxford and he told the club website: \'I haven\'t had one (a start) for a few weeks, so I was glad to get on the scoresheet and help the lads ....

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Rotating Wingers Is Working For Pompey - Even If There Are Other Problems

Kenny Jackett hinted that he will keep on rotating Pompey\'s wide men after Ronan Curtis almost helped bring about a victory at Bristol Rovers on his recall to the starting XI.Curtis scored Pompey\'s second at the Memorial Stadium before Rovers fought back to draw 2-2 - and Jackett said he didn\'t think a few games out of the starting XI had done him any harm.Now it is Marcus Harness\'s turn to kick his heels and wait for his chance and it\'s a policy Jackett seems keen on.The manager told ....

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Never Mind Trust The Process - Trust Pompey Striker\'s Record

John Marquis has no doubts about his ability in front of goal - and is hoping his winner against Lincoln can prove the start of a run of goals.He has struggled for goals since his move from Doncaster although most are impressed by his work-rate and feel a lack of service has much to do with the fact he is not scoring for fun.He leads the line at Bristol Rovers this weekend with plenty of belief he can score the goals that can help bring about an upturn in Pompey\'s fortunes.Marquis, on three ....

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Blues Becoming Tough To Score Against - Now For Work At The Other End

Kenny Jackett feels Pompey are getting it right at the back - even if they still have improvements to make going forward.Another clean sheet secured a 1-0 home win over Lincoln gave Pompey their fourth win of the season, and took their defensive record to two goals let in over the past five games.It was no Fratton classic but it was an important win and Jackett told the Pompey website: \'The players worked ever so hard and really grafted for each other to earn the clean sheet. I think Lincoln’s ....

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Is The Pressure On Pompey Ahead Of Coventry\'s Visit?

Pompey face a little bit of early season pressure when they host Coventry at Fratton Park on Tuesday night off the back of two defeats in their opening three League One matches.Defeats at Shrewsbury and Sunderland, either side of a home win over Tranmere, have left the Blues in the bottom half of the table with some fans wondering if Kenny Jackett has found his best XI yet.Changes, at least one or two, seem likely after the loss at Sunderland and boss Kenny Jackett knows improvements are ....

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Sloppy Defending Costs Pompey Dear At Sunderland And Jackett Is Not Happy

Conceding an equaliser from a corner was the key moment that turned Pompey\'s game at Sunderland against them after a bright start.That was the verdict of a frustrated Kenny Jackett as he surveyed a 2-1 defeat that has left the Blues with three points from three games and in the bottom half of the table.Marcus Harness fired in the opening goal after he and John Marquis combined to put the Sunderland defence under pressure on 22 minutes.But it was all square five minutes and in simple fashion ....

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Close Call Seems Likely Again For Pompey At Sunderland

Man of the moment Ben Close has been praised by Kenny Jackett for the hard work and the performances that have made him difficult to drop.Goals in the opening two home games of the season - against Birmingham in the Cup and Tranmere in the league - have put Close in the headlines after he was left out of the opening game at Shrewsbury.He\'s likely to retain his place for the first meeting of the season with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light at lunchtime on Saturday, which comes just three ....

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