Jackett: Pompey win was hard fought

Kenny Jackett said Pompey had to fight hard in their 1-0 League One win against Southend. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South
Kenny Jackett said Pompey had to fight hard in their 1-0 League One win against Southend. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South
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KENNY Jackett admitted Pompey had to fight hard for a victory which sees them close in on the play-offs.

Brett Pitman’s 12th goal of the season gave his team a 1-0 success in front of an attendance of 18,431 - the biggest crowd of the campaign.

It means the Blues are now two points off the top six, but Jackett knows it was tough going for his team.

Jackett said: ‘It was hard-fought.

‘The save from McGee was key for us in the first half.

‘I was surprised the penalty was given, but the ref was closer than I was - and Nile Ranger put it over anyway.

‘Southend went with a diamond in the first half and it gave us problems, so it was about getting the ball wide with a packed midfield.

‘It was a great ball from Kennedy for the goal and Brett’s header was the key difference in a tight game - a very tight game.’