Jackett lays down Pompey goal challenge to Lowe

Jamal Lowe in action at Southend. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jamal Lowe in action at Southend. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Kenny Jackett challenged Jamal Lowe to up his goal threat.

Jackett saluted the improvement shown in Lowe’s game at Southend.

But the Pompey boss would like to see more from the attacking talent in term of his end product.

Lowe has five goals to his name this term but has managed just one from his past 30 outings.

Jackett believes the 23-year-old has been offering threat with his crosses, but wants to see more goals.

He said: ‘Jamal definitely gets into positions. That’s a big thing.

‘At times you’re looking for that finish, but he’s going to break through and do that on a regular basis.

‘He’s told me he feels he can cut in and have more options from the left-hand side.

‘But I do feel he’s more comfortable and effective on the right. That’s my opinion.

‘His balls across the box on Saturday were excellent.

‘There were four very good balls, one we scored from.

‘He’s been an exciting players for us this season.

‘Maybe (one goal in 30) is not good enough, but his role as a provider and worker for the team is very good.

‘Just judging him on goals doesn’t define him, because he has a lot more to his game than that.

‘He has chances and he’s capable of more than one in 30, but his overall game’s good and I’ve seen good improvement across the season.’