Jackett: Pompey took chances to earn crucial win

KENNY Jackett was relieved to see Pompey at last claim victory at the death to break their 2018 winning drought.

Saturday, 10th February 2018, 5:57 pm
Updated Saturday, 10th February 2018, 6:08 pm
Matt Clarke scores the equaliser for Pompey in the 84th minute in their League One match against MK Dons. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

Conor Chaplin snatched a triumph in the fourth minute of time added on for three points at the MK Dons this afternoon.

The Blues had been facing a 1-0 loss entering the 84th minute, after Ike Ugbo’s 21st minute opener.

Then Matt Clarke levelled on his 100th appearance, heading home Dion Donohue’s delivery.

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And substitute Chaplin swooped from close range to snatch the win, before running the length of the pitch to celebrate with 6,257 visiting supporters.

Jackett said: ‘It fell to the right person, he is obviously a goalscorer and a poacher and I’m delighted for him as one of a number of young players we are basing it around.

‘It has been a frustrating January for us, we’ve had a tough run and similarly that has happened to us where late goals have taken the points away, with no time to come back.

‘It’s a good feeling and I’m really pleased for the players because they kept going. I sensed some nervousness in the last 15 minutes in the MK Dons side and we capitalised with two terrific goals.

‘It was a very open game, with both sides going for it, it was end-to-end, neither side tried to shut up shop and there were chances at either end, definitely.

‘I’m pleased we took two of those chances and got the crucial win - it has happened to us in a number of tight games.’

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