Jamal Lowe: Dynamic Portsmouth approach bringing out my best

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Jamal Lowe is convinced ‘dynamic’ Pompey are bringing the best out of him.

The flying winger is revelling in the counter-attacking nature of a side which stands second in League One and unbeaten after seven fixtures.

Jamal Lowe is thriving in Kenny Jackett's approach.  Picture: Joe Pepler

Jamal Lowe is thriving in Kenny Jackett's approach. Picture: Joe Pepler

Kenny Jackett’s approach dictates the Blues push forward at pace and in numbers, particularly from wide areas inhabited by Lowe and Ronan Curtis.

Lowe, of course, captured the League Two title under Paul Cook, utilising a style based on possession and patience.

Yet he’s preferring this current Pompey set-up – reflected by four goals in his opening seven league matches this season.

Lowe said: ‘The style was completely different under Paul Cook. It was more build-up patience, keep the ball, keep the ball, keep the ball.

‘I think we are a bit more dynamic now, a bit more explosive, and that’s my type of game.

‘That’s not a criticism of Paul Cook, it worked with the players we had then and works with the players we have now, so you can’t fault either way.

‘But I enjoy trying to get up the pitch as quickly as possible, getting into space.

‘The quicker we do it the more space there is, the less set the opposition are and the less time we have to prepare, so it’s better for the attackers.

‘If one person tries to attack the whole back four, rarely is it going to work, so we have to go in numbers, we’ve been working on it every day in training.’

Pompey will be boosted by the return of Curtis from international duty for Saturday’s trip to Peterborough.

Jackett has many options in wide positions, with Andre Green and David Wheeler also challenging.

And Lowe recognises the current squad strength.

He added: ‘We are very strong, even from the players not in the squad and players on the bench not getting minutes – there are no mugs in the team.

‘There are no fringe players, if that makes sense.

‘There aren’t any you don’t want to come on or you aren’t sure can replace the man he’s replacing.

‘There’s always pressure to perform, without that comes complacency, so it’s good the squad has depth.

‘We are going to need a bigger squad than last year and we have that – and it’s a lot stronger squad as well.’