Kenny Jackett's pleasure at thumping Portsmouth win

Kenny Jackett declared himself satisfied with tonight's thumping Checkatrade Trophy triumph.

Wednesday, 5th September 2018, 10:39 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th September 2018, 10:42 am
Brett Pitman nets his first goal of the season during Pompey's 4-0 win over Gillingham. Picture: Robin Jones/Digital South

The much-changed Blues ran out 4-0 winners over Gillingham, with Ben Close, Matt Clarke, Brett Pitman and David Wheeler all getting on the scoresheet.

There was also a debut for Andre Green, while Joe Mason climbed off the bench to make a second-half bow.

A crowd of 2,011 were present to witness a Blues display which didn't quite click until the 41st minute opener from Clarke.

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Brett Pitman nets his first goal of the season during Pompey's 4-0 win over Gillingham. Picture: Robin Jones/Digital South

But Jackett was pleased with how a side with 10 alterations then grew into the match to dominate.

He said: '˜It took us a little while to get into it, certainly 20-25 minutes where we didn't find any rhythm, but we defended well in that period and then grew as the game went on and the last hour we were strong.

'˜It's a good result, four different scorers is very pleasing and by the end a deserved victory.

'˜There were a high number of changes, but so did Gillingham, and I'm pleased that, differently from Saturday, we came through the game with no injures.

'˜Brett scoring his first goal of the season was good, he worked very hard and showed a good attitude and good body language, which is a big thing. These are things which you need to have and underpin all the quality you have.

'˜Also, when we got going, the two midfield players - Close and Rose '“ did very well and got into the game and set up some good opportunities for us.'