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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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Pompey Don\'t Care Where They Play - Winning Is On Their Mind

Pompey have been League One\'s awayday kings so far this season but are under no illusions they will need to be at their best to keep up their record on the road at AFC Wimbledon.Kingsmeadow has not always been a happy hunting ground for the Blues in recent seasons and Kenny Jackett expects a tight game at the compact stadium this weekend.But he says his players are quite happy playing anywhere - home or away - at the moment as they approach all games in a positive frame of mond.Jackett told ....


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Duo Earn Praise After Staking Their Pompey Claims

Debut making pair Haji Mnoga and Louis Dennis drew praise from Kenny Jackett after helping Pompey qualify for the next stage of the Checkatrade Trophy with a win t Crawley.Mnoga, who is just 16, got a surprise call up for the trip to West Sussex and Dennis was also delighted to be involved after a long wait for his first competitive start.Dion Donohue\'s goal earned a 1-0 win that means Pompey get out of the group with one game to spare.Blues boss Jackett said: \'Haji did okay and has shown a ....


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Jackett Gives Honest Assessment Of Pompey\'s First League Loss

Kenny Jackett admitted Pompey simply didn\'t do enough to deserve anything from their home tussle with Gillingham, which the visitors won 2-0.Two first half goals condemned the Blues to their first League One defeat since April as the likes of Jamal Lowe and Ronan Curtis turned in below-par displays.Jackett hopes they learn from the defeat and take their bruised pride into Saturday\'s visit to AFC Wimbledon.He told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'Gillingham did a very good job on us defensively in ....


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No Frills Gills Inflict Pompey\'s First League Defeat

Pompey\'s home form has a Ted Rogers look about it - 3-2-1 - after Gillingham became the first team this season to beat Kenny Jackett\'s men.It finished 2-0 at Fratton Park after Steve Lovell\'s side scored one fabulous goal and one soft one to lead by two at the break - with the Blues unable to turn significant possession into goals, or even many worthwhile efforts on target, either before or after conceding.They attacked with more purpose in the second half after Jackett brought on David ....


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Clear At The Top - But Pompey\'s Home Form Is Not All It Could Be

It might seem odd for a team who are three points clear at the top of the table - but it\'s a fact that Pompey\'s home form is not quite as good as it could be.The Blues won their first three at Fratton but have been held in the last two, with Shrewsbury and Wycombe both leaving town with a share of the spoils.And with this weekend\'s visitors Gillingham having left Fratton with all three points just seven months ago, Kenny Jackett is all too aware this will be no walk in the park for in-form ....


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Jackett Pleased At Both Ends After Pompey Pip Coventry

So now it\'s eight wins and three draws as Pompey\'s superb start to the League One season continues - with Coventry City the latest side to find them too stong.Ronan Curtis\'s fine finish just before half-time proved enough to secure the Blues\' second away win in four days, coming hot on the heels of the 3-1 success at Rochdale at the weekend.Ponpey boss Kenny Jackett praised Curtis\'s eye for goal and his team\'s ability to dig in when not bossing the game as he reflected on three points ....


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Defender Keen To Protect Pompey\'s Unbeaten Record

Jack Whatmough spoke of the impotance of protecting Pompey\'s unbeaten run as he looked ahead to the tussle at Coventry.Pompey have won seven and drawn three of their first 10 League One games but Whatmough knows such a fine start would be forgotten quickly were Pompey to falter.They\'ll be tested at the Ricoh Arena by a Coventy squad featuring a number of ex-Pompey players - though not Conor Chaplin, who cannot play because Pompey are still his parent club.Whatmough told the Pompey website: ....


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Early Shock Can\'t Halt Unbeaten Pompey At Rochdale

Jamal Lowe, Brett Pitman and Matt Clarke scored the goals that put Pompey back on top of League.Their come-from-behind 3-1 victory, coupled with Peterborough dropping two points, means Kenny Jackett\'s go into October looking down on everyone else in the division.Yet they got off to the worst possible start at Spotland, conceding in the fourth minute with a superb shot by Aaron Wilbraham from at least 30 yards out too much for Craig MacGillivray to do anything about.It was a setback for a team ....


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Blues Aim To Put Rochdale On Spot At Spotland

Pompey aim to take their 2018-19 unbeaten league run to a 10th game at Rochdale in the first of back to back away games against mid-table teams.Kenny Jackett\'s team lost top spot last week when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Wycombe while rivals Peterborough won at Gillingham, and although the manager is unworried by league positions at this early stage, he will be keen to keep the loss-less record intact at Spotland and the Ricoh Arena.He expects a tough test at Rochdale, where a late-season ....


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Pompey Boss Admits Team Aren\'t Doing Everything Right

Kenny Jackett says Pompey are working hard to go on improving even though they have started the season with a nine-match unbeaten run.There\'s no resting on laurels at Fratton, especially after another home draw last week against Wycombe Wanderers.The Blues have back to back away games now, with Rochdale their hosts on Satuday and Coventry on Tuesday.Jackett told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We’re entering an intense period, with a lot of points to play for, and we’re looking for a good return. ....


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Dennis And Mason Stake Their Pompey Claims

Louis Dennis and Joe Mason issued gentle reminders to Kenny Jackett that they\'re in good form and waiting for their first team chance by scoring goals in a reserves\' friendly win over Oxford at Baffins Milton Rovers.Anton Walkes and Jack Whatmough both started for Pompey after injury and had very useful workouts.Young Joe Dandy impressed for the Blues and almost set up the opener for Mason, while Luke McGee had a tidy night in goal.Pompey went ahead on 36 minutes when a long ball was helped ....


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Evans Happy To Take Pompey Unbeaten Record To Rochdale

Scorer Gareth Evans had mixed feelings after Pompey\'s 2-2 draw with Wycombe - but said the players were delighted to be taking an unbeaten record into their next game.Evans equalised with a header after Wanderers had led 1-0 at half-time, then Brett Pitman put the Blues 2-1 up, only for Wycombe to hit back with a penalty.Evans told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk afterwards: \'We’re disappointed not to win after going 2-1 up late on, although it’s obviously a positive that the unbeaten run continues. ....


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Pompey Left To Wonder As Wanderers Hit Back For Point

Pompey looked like they had ground out win number seven after Brett Pitman\'s late close-range strike put them 2-1 up against Wycombe - only for Wanderers to nick a point from the spot.The Blues were in the unusual position of being behind, and conceding in the first half, when Bryn Morris curled a low shot beyond Craig MacGillivray 20 minutes in after Adabayo Akinfenwa teed him up.It took the Blues almost to the hour to level, the goal coming when a goal kick was helped on by Oli Hawkins for ....


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There To Be Shot At - But Pompey Aim To Fire First

Pompey are top of League One - and that makes them targets.They\'ll know only too well as they welcome Wycombe to Fratton Park that everyone likes to beat the top dogs.Kenny Jackett has said he is not bothered by the Blues\' position at this stage of things, only by the number of points they are accruing.And they will be after three more against Gareth Ainsworth\'s newly promoted side.The boss has great respect for his opposite number, telling the club website: \'Gareth’s is a manager who I ....


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