Gaffer: Portsmouth had to dig in, but I still love how Kenny Jackett's football philosophy has changed overnight

Gaffer for a Day, Karl Myers, aged 28 from Evesham, Worcestershire, delivers his verdict on Pompey’s 1-0 win at Fleetwood...

Sunday, 17th January 2021, 5:30 pm
Andy Cannon was the choice of man of the match for Gaffer for a Day Karl Myers. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

What are your thoughts on Pompey’s win?

It was not our best performance, but we were solid and stood our ground extremely well.

Fleetwood were decent going forward and we didn't have a lot of the ball, so we had to dig in and win ugly.

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Let’s face it, we can’t always play free-flowing football, to earn promotion there are times when you must grind out the results.

Having said that, Fleetwood didn’t create a lot apart from Criag MacGillivray’s superb first-half save and one which went past the post.

Overall, we looked fairly comfortable defensively.

What do you make of Pompey’s turnaround since October?

It has been quite a transformation, we have completely changed our style of play – and it is much better to watch.

Kenny Jackett deserves praise. I was one of those calling for his sacking. I certainly wouldn’t sack him at the moment.

We pass the ball around, although do tend to try to play it out from the back a bit too much. I noticed against Fleetwood that we got into a tangle at times when we should just get rid of it.

However, before it was always long ball. We’d score a goal and sit back – and I went to nearly all the away games last season.

Jackett changed his philosophy overnight.

Who was your man of the match?

I thought Andy Cannon had a great game, just edging John Marquis as my choice.

He gets stuck in, is consistent, and has that tremendous work-rate which means he always seems to be everywhere around the pitch.

Last season, when Kenny Jackett used his old formation, he looked out of place, it was difficult to see where he fitted in.

But Cannon with Tom Naylor alongside suits him very well and, as long as both can keep fit, I believe they can get us into the Championship.

What would you like to see Pompey do in the transfer window?

We need left-back cover, although Lee Brown has improved a lot this season.

It would also be nice to get another central midfielder. Ben Close has not had a lot of games and I’m concerned who could step in should Naylor or Cannon get injured.

With Jordy Hiwula also staying, I don’t think we need too much. January transfer windows have been awful for us in the last few years, but we are pretty strong this time around.

The team is really good at the moment, our form against the top sides has been brilliant. If we continue playing this football, I can see promotion.

Craig MacGillivray – 9

Callum Johnson – 8

Jack Whatmough – 7

Sean Raggett – 8

Lee Brown – 8

Marcus Harness – 7

Tom Naylor – 8

Andy Cannon – 9

Michael Jacobs – 6

Ryan Williams – 8

John Marquis – 9

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