Portsmouth boss encouraged by second-half showing in defeat to Luton

enny Jackett admitted he took encouragement from Pompey’s second-half performance - despite a 3-2 defeat at the hands of League One leaders Luton.

Tuesday, 29th January 2019, 10:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 7:42 pm
Omar Bogle netted on his Pompey debut

The Blues endured a Hatters onslaught during the first half at Kenilworth Road but somehow managed to find themselves just a goal down at the break following James Collins’ 39th-minute opener.

The manager rang the changes at half-time, replacing Brett Pitman and Gareth Evans with debutant Omar Bogle and Dion Donohue.

And that had the desired affect, with Ronan Curtis and Cardiff loanee Bogle both netting.

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Yet it wasn’t enough as both strikes were cancelled out by Collins and substitute George Moncur.

That condemned the Blues to a third league defeat in a row.

But Jackett was plased with the response of his side after a difficult opening half against the Hatters.

He said: ‘I felt Luton deserved their 1-0 lead.

‘I had no complaints with that.

‘Obviously, the centre-forward change really helped us and changed the momentum and I thought in the second half we created more chances than he have perhaps in the previous two-and-a-half games.

‘And that’s the encouraging thing.

‘The free-kick at the edge of the box (for Moncur’s winner) was soft, very soft, but ultimately then through a lot of bodies, Moncur has struck it sweetly.

‘It was a crucial goal and one we couldn’t recover from.

‘In terms of the performance in the second half, Omar helped us.

‘I’m pleased for him and getting a goal will help his confidence.

‘He gave us some forward momentum and gave us a platform to play off.

‘It was very encouraging and we looked a threat.’