Jackett: Portsmouth triumph should have been more emphatic

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Kenny Jackett toasted a fifth-straight win – but was adamant the scoreline should have been more emphatic.

The Blues tonight secured a 2-0 success over Walsall to maintain a four-point lead at the top of League One.

Oli Hawkins opened the scoring on 25 minutes before Ronan Curtis put the game beyond the Saddlers’ grasp on 49 minutes.

Yet Jackett felt the opportunities were there for the thoroughly deserved victory to arrive by a big wider margin.

He said: ‘It was a hard-earned win, as they all are in League One, it’s a very competitive division.

‘Walsall had one or two chances, we had more – probably three times the chances they had – and crucially put two of those away.

‘A big chance for them was the volley just after half time which has gone over the bar.

‘We have counter-attacked very well, which is a feature for us, we get people into good positions and I am pleased for Ronan, he hasn't had a goal for a while and that one will really help him.

‘Consistency is a big part of it, knowing your jobs. I did feel we would have to work hard to get a clean sheet and limited them to a few chances, not many.

‘At the other end, when you look at the chances and opportunities we had, I'm pleased we finished two and they were crucial, we could have had more.

‘Perhaps Evans should have had a penalty as well. Some good chances, some good opportunities and in the end I thought a deserved win on the balance of the game.’