Portsmouth’s middle man gives Jackett food for thought 

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Kenny Jackett told how Jamal Lowe’s central-attacking switch has given him food for thought.

The Pompey boss handed his flying winger a role through the middle as he changed his formation for the 2-1 victory at AFC Wimbledon.

Pompey's Jamal Lowe in action during the win at AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey's Jamal Lowe in action during the win at AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Joe Pepler

And the swap caused problems for the Dons as the Blues terrorised the hosts for an hour at Kingsmeadow.

Lowe, inset, was utilised behind Oli Hawkins as three changes were made following the first league defeat to Gillingham. 

Jackett said: ‘I wanted to look at Lowe and Hawkins as a pair with, perhaps at the right time, Pitman coming on.

‘That’s a good option for us and was my thinking. 

‘I did think on this particular day at this ground Jamal’s pace would give them problems for a fair degree of the game up front.

‘He gave them problems and he gave us an out ball in terms of his pace up front.

‘I did feel the selection was dictated by three of my natural wingers being out.

‘That happens at times through the season.

‘But I felt that helped us to cap a good week after our first loss.’

Despite his central influence, Jackett still thinks Lowe’s best position is out wide.

He added: ‘I think his best position is right of the front three, but there are times in tight games when a second striker gives you more of an out ball.

‘He can turn defence into attack very quickly. I did feel it was the right one for him to go down the middle.’ 

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