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Some Take The Fa Cup Lightly - Not Jackett And Pompey

Some League One and League Two teams seem to see FA Cup defeats as a relief - a chance to focus on their league campaigns.It\'s an odd outlook, at least as far as most fans are concerned, and there\'ll be no such approach from Pompey as head to Rochdale for their second round tie at Spotland on Sunday afternoon.Manager Kenny Jackett said the Blues were taking the cup seriously and wanted to get through to set up a potential tie with a big club in round three.He told the club website: \'It is ....


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They\'re All Getting Goals - But Curtis Is Glad To Be Among Them

After a scintillating goalscoring start to the season, Ronan Curtis had struggled for goals for the past few weeks. So he was relieved to end his own recent drought with the vital second goal in Pompey 2-0 win over Walsall.It took him to seven for the season - meaning he is level at the top of the Blues scoring charts with Jamal Lowe (who set him up for his latest one), Gareth Evans and Oli Hawkins - they have seven each.He told the club website: \'Thankfully the ball came to me at the right ....


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It Could Have Been More - But Pompey Are Content To Sink Saddlers

Kenny Jackett praised his hard-working Pompey team after they notched their third straight League One victory to maintain their four-point lead at the top.The Blues boss felt the team could have scored more, but was content to see strikes from Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis see off the mid-table visitors.Jackett told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We had to work hard and Walsall had one or two chances – but we had more. The big opportunity for them was right at the start of the second half when ....


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Pompey Fans Buzzing More Than Usual For Walsall Visit

We can\'t predict too much about what will happen when Pompey host Walsall on Tuesday night - but we do know that the Blues will end the night still top of League One.That\'s because Saturday\'s win at Scunthorpe, added to points dropped by rivals, moved Kenny Jackett\'s men four points clear at the top. They\'ve had bigger leads at the summit before now and will be only too aware the gap will soon be narrowed by one or more of the chasing pack if any slip-ups occur.Pompey have been in better ....


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Win At Scunthrope Shows Pompey\'s Progress Perfectly

Kenny Jackett hailed his side for coming through a physical test to chalk up their eighth away league win of the season.The 2-1 win at Scunthorpe, coupled with rivals slipping up, took Pompey\'s lead at the top of League One to four points ahead of Tuesday\'s home clash with Walsall.Jackett told the club website: \'I thought we deserved the victory, although there were a succession of free-kicks after they got one back. Scunthorpe are a big team – probably the biggest side that we’ve played so ....


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Pompey Told: Scunthorpe Better Than 17th Place Suggests

Pompey head to Scunthorpe aiming to avoid their usual fate there - but manager Kenny Jackett is expecting a stiff test.He does not want his players to be fooled by the Iron\'s position in the bottom half of the League One table - saying there are a number of teams below halfway who are good sides and who can be expected to have an upturn in form soon.The Blues will arrive at Glanford Park two points clear at the top of the table, while Scunthorpe are 17th, having won only five of their 18 games ....


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Liverpool Await Pompey\'s Young Guns In Cup

Pompey\'s youngsters have set up a visit to Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup.They are on their way to face the young Reds after progressing to the third round of the Cup with a 4-0 win over Cray at Bromley.They went ahead on 11 minutes when a Leon Maloney shot drew an error from the Cray keeper and Bradley Lethbridge seized on it to convert.Maloney turned from assister to scorer just before the half-hour to make it 2-0 - winning a penalty when tripped in the box, and converting it himself.Cray did ....


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On The Fringes - But Your Fratton Big-game Chance Will Come

Pompey fringe man Louis Dennis has been assured his big-game chance will come if he keeps performing as he did against Spurs\' youngsters.The former Bromley attacker was one of the key men as the Blues beat Tottenham U21s 3-2 in the Checkatrade and assistant boss Joe Gallen took notice.Gallen told The News: \'Louis Dennis has got a lot of talent and I think he is itching for an opportunity. Around the box, when the ball drops to him, he moves the ball so freely and naturally and drops a few ....


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Adaptability Is The Key As Pompey Overcome Spurs Starlets

Joe Gallen expressed his delight at Pompey\'s come-from-behind win over Tottenham\'s under-21s in the EFL Trophy - and said the victory showed they had a squad who could adapt to different challenges.Pompey won 3-2 after going behind in the first half, with Andre Green, Gareth Evans and Oli Hawkins on target. It left them top of their group and looking at a home game in the last 32.Gallen told the club website: \'Tottenham played in a different fashion to what we’re used to in League One and it ....


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We Want To Win - But We Want To Give Plenty A Chance

Kenny Jackett aims the balance a chance to give fringe and young players a run-out with a desire to win when Spurs under-21s visit Fratton Park in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening.The manager revealed that Andre Green would start - and he may not be the only unfamiliar face in the starting XI.Jackett told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We’ve already qualified, but a win or a draw means we’ll finish top and get a home draw in the next round, which is what we want.\'It’s a good opportunity ....


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Professional Pompey Impress The Viewers - And The Boss

Pompey moved pretty effortlessly into round two of the FA Cup as they beat Maidenhead 4-0 at York Road - leaving most observers impressed with their professionalism.Goals from Ben Thompson, Oli Hawkins, Jamal Lowe and sub David Wheeler saw off a brave challenge from their National League hosts and put Pompey\'s name into the machine for the second round draw, which takes place on Monday night.Boss Kenny Jackett felt it was a job well done. He told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We want to progress ....


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Maidenhead Would Love Pompey\'s Cup Struggles Continue For One More Season

Pompey and the FA Cup have gone from the ultimate high of 2008 to some new lows in recent season.There was Aldershot, of course, four seasons ago, not to mention more first round exits than most Blues fans wish to think about since they slipped into the bottom two divisions in 2012.Only once since Pompey reached their second final in three seasons in 2010 have Pompey had a run in the competition - in 15-16 when they got through three rounds before bowing out at home to Bournemouth.So will 18-19 ....


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Keep Calm And Carry On In The Fa Cup, Pompey

Kenny Jackett says Pompey must keep cool heads to make sure they avoid being on the wrong end of an FA Cup upset at Maidenhead on Saturday.Looking ahead to a game BT Sport have picked for live coverage, the manager told www.portsmothfc.co.uk: \'We have to look at it as a good chance to progress and we want to go on a run to give our fans reason to get excited. But the television cameras are there for a reason, so we have to rise to the occasion. We’ll need to be organised and structured if we ....


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Identity Of Pompey Scorer Is No Surprise To Joe

Joe Gallen praised Gareth Evans\' nose for goal as he declared that Pompey were well worth their win at Bradford.The Blues assistant boss was delighted to see Evans, captain on the day, pop up for the early goal that proved the winner at Valley Parade. But he was not surprised.Gallen told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'I know Bradford are bottom of the league, but it certainly didn’t feel like that when we came into a big stadium. They’ve put together a squad that certainly wasn’t designed to be ....


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Valley Parade Victory Is Evans-sent For Pompey

It was never likely to be as one-sided as some were wanting to believe, but Pompey justified their lofty League One position by nicking the only goal of a tough encounter at the home of bottom side Bradford.The win, courtesy of Gareth Evans\' early goal, earned three points that kept the Blues top ahead of in-form Sunderland, with Peterborough dropping out of the top two.With Jack Whatmough, Anton Walkes and Tom Naylor back in the side, there was a well-respected minute’s silence before ....


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Pompey Head To Bradford Being Told: We Need To Hit Target More Often

Pompey must get more of their goal attempts on target.So says Kenny Jackett as he plots to turn recent draws into a victory when the leaders vidit the basement boys.Bradford v Pompey is bottom versus top but Jackett warms that the Blues will be up againat a side keen to turn their bad run of results around.The managet told the club website: \'My focus isn’t really on Bradford, although obviously we’ve analysed them to learn their strengths and weaknesses.\'They have good players and will be ....


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Jackett Won\'t Allow Pompey Any Road Trip Grumbles

As Kenny Jackett takes Pompey through a run of away games that would test any team, you won\'t hear him grumbling about the way the fixtures have fallen.Pompey were at Accrington last week, go to Bradford this week and Maidenhead in the FA Cup and will then be on the road again before another home league game.But the fact the Blues have done so well on the road so far this term is probably helping the manager stay upbeat about the current schedule.Looking ahead to the visit to Valley Parade, ....


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Away To A Side In Play-off Places - And Pompey Not Content With Point

Kenny Jackett says disappointment at a 1-1 draw away to the team in fourth place is a measure of how far Pompey have come.Most in blue were a little downcast that Pompey didn\'t leave the Wham Stadium with all three points after taking a second-half lead through Oli Hawkins but failing to hold on to it for long.Jackett told the Pompey website: \'We’re always looking to win and we’re disappointed to come away with just a draw, which shows you how far we’ve come. For 20-30 minutes we played ....


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Accrington Have Momentum - Pompey Need To Be On Their Guard

Kenny Jackett says there\'s no question of Pompey under-estimating Accrington.The League One leaders visit fourth-placed Stanley knowing they will probably face one of their stiffest away tests of the season to date.Jackett knows John Coleman\'s team are on a roll and told the Pompey website: \'We’re going up against a side with a lot of quality and who are in a good run of form themselves at the moment.\'So we’ll have to concentrate and work hard, making sure we’re at our very best if we want ....


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Home And Away - It\'s All The Same To Pompey Boss

Kenny Jackett leads his team to Accrington Stanley telling them - It doesn\'t matter if we\'re at home or away.Pompey\'s away form has been more consistent than their home efforts so far this term but Jackett doesn\'t mind where points are picked up, as long as they come somewhere.The Blues are four points clear - down from six - after Tuesday\'s 2-2 draw with Burton and Jackett said: \'I try to stay consistent about home and away games and don’t note the difference as much as other people ....


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Pompey May Be Top But They Will Remain Humble

Pompey fully deserved their home victory over Fleetwood, even if only one goal separated the sides, according to Blues boss Kenny Jackett.It was Pompey\'s first home win in four League One encounters at Fratton and came courtesy of Oli Hawkins\' close-range header early in the second half.Jackett told the Pompey website: \'It was a comprehensive 1-0 win and we were the stronger side in both halves. We restricted them to not much going forward, which is an achievement because Fleetwood have some ....


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Keeper Knows First Step Towards More Pompey Wins

Pompey are out to record their first home win in four when Fleetwood visit this weekend - and keeper Craig MacGillivray is out to help them do it by keeping a clean sheet.Despite Pompey\'s form, which has taken them to the top of the table, they have had relatively few of them so far this season.The former Shrewsbury stopper knows more shutouts will mean more wins and wants to play his part in achieving them.You have go back to September 1 to find Pompey\'s last League One home win, with ....


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Pompey Boss Aims To Get Team Out Of Sticky Situation

Kenny Jackett says things have been a bit sticky for Pompey in recent home games - and he wants that to change.Draws against Shrewsbury and Wycombe were followed by a defeat to Gillingham, meaning the Blues have taken only one point from their past three at home.In that same period Pompey have chalked up four straight wins on the road, which at least has stopped their home form from holding up their bid to stay top.But now with Fleetwood and Burton visiting Fratton in the space of four days, ....


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Naylor Nailed On Already For His Pompey Spot

Tom Naylor says he already feels like a key player for Pompey - and few would disagree after he led the side to their latest away win.The former Burton man scored and was outstanding in the 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon.He has quickly established himself as first-choice midfielder for Kenny Jackett and told the Blues website after the win at Kingsmeadow: \'It took the first three or four games for me to really settle in because this is a huge club with a lot of fans.\'Now I feel like I’m a big part ....


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Outstanding Pompey Away Form Needs To Be Seen At Fratton

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett is looking for his players to take their superb away form into successive home games next week.He responded to the 2-1 win at FC Wimbledon, courtesy of goals by Tom Naylor and Gareth Evans, by praising their performances on the road and calling for a repeat in front of their own fans against Fleetwood on Saturday and Burton the following Tuesday.Jackett told the Pompey website: \'We were well in control for an hour and had got ourselves in a good position. There were a ....


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