Jackett hails Portsmouth cup progress

Kenny Jackett saluted his much-changed Pompey team following Checkatrade Trophy progression.

Tuesday, 9th October 2018, 10:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th October 2018, 11:29 pm
Pompey players celebrate Checkatrade Trophy progress after victory at Crawley. Picture: Joe Pepler

The Blues won 1-0 at Crawley tonight to secure their passage into the second round, with one group game to spare.

Dion Donohue grabbed the decisive goal on 37 minutes - in his first match of the season following an injury and illness ravaged period on the sidelines.

There was also a debut for 16-year-old defender Haji Mnoga, becoming the second-youngest in Pompey's post-war history in the process.

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And with nine changes in total to the side which lost to Gillingham last weekend, Jackett was delighted with how the Blues fared.

He said: '˜We're pleased to get through, wins against Gillingham and Crawley take us through qualification with one game still to go.

'˜It was also getting back to winning ways quickly after Saturday's defeat.

'˜As a group, although it was a much-changed team for us, it was good to experiment, to look at several people who haven't had many minutes yet because the team has been quite settled - and then a promising youngster in Haji (Mnoga) as well.

'˜It was also good for us to be able to change things around slightly in the second half by going three a the back and hopefully the league games can benefit from that.

'˜There weren't many chances at all, a quality goal from Donohue stood out - and in the end has made the difference.'