Kenny Jackett’s pleasure at thumping Portsmouth win

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.’