Goal threat stopping Jackett giving Portsmouth ace breather 

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Kenny Jackett considered giving Ronan Curtis a breather but insisted: He’s always a goal threat.

The Pompey winger has failed to score since claiming the winner at Coventry on October 2 – following his barnstorming start to the season.

Pompey winger Ronan Curtis. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey winger Ronan Curtis. Picture: Joe Pepler

After netting six times and creating five goals in his opening 11 matches, Curtis has drawn a blank in his past four outings. 

With just two-and-a-half weeks off during the summer after his arrival from Derry City, some fans feel the Irishman needs a rest to recapture his best form.

Jackett has contemplated whether Curtis needs a spell on the sidelines.

But because of his ability to conjure up moments of magic – as well other left-wing options not being available – the south London-born ace is set to continue in Pompey’s starting line-up at Bradford.

The Blues boss said: ‘We’ve talked about that with him coming in.

‘He probably had a two-and-a-half-week break and played longer than the majority of players.

‘I used Dion Donohue on the left wing against Wimbledon but I went for two up front and changed it slightly.

‘Without Donohue and without Andre Green, there’s not a natural replacement who I think is going to help us.

‘Will he need a blow somewhere? We’ll see. It's an explosive position and the running stats are high.

‘I asses him in training and he is full of energy.

‘Even in a quiet game Ronan can score. He’s one of those players who, even if the ball isn’t coming his way and things aren’t coming off for him, can score. 

‘A few people thought he was quiet against Accrington. But he still hit the post and still hit the bar.

‘He has goalscoring ability and I feel is someone who, even if they’re only moments in a game, can be decisive.’