Jackett: Portsmouth road warriors showing true grit at AFC Wimbledon 

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Kenny Jackett saluted Pompey’s ability to find a way to win on the road.

The Blues boss praised the resolve shown by his men as they continued their outstanding away form at AFC Wimbledon.

Kenny Jackett, left, and assistant boss Joe Gallen. Picture: Joe Pepler

Kenny Jackett, left, and assistant boss Joe Gallen. Picture: Joe Pepler

A 2-1 victory made it seven wins and a draw from eight games on their travels this season.

Pompey outclassed the home side for an hour before James Hanson profited on a poor clearance from Gareth Evans to smash in an excellent 25 yarder.

That changed the game’s dynamic as the visitors were forced to withstand a late Wombles onslaught.

They did that excellently, restricting Neal Ardley’s men to little in the way of clear chances with a fine rearguard action.

Jackett felt the way in which his team saw the game out highlighted a continuing ability to get the job done away from Fratton Park.

He said: ‘Our away record is outstanding and at times we’ve needed to dig in, but that’s always going to be the case.

‘They made three substitutions at half-time and were very positive.

‘We knew that Hanson’s a handful and he showed that.

‘He scored a great opportunist goal and goals change games.

‘We talked about playing inside football in that defensive third.

‘We dropped the ball off and it looks good when it works, but we’ve given him a shooting chance and he’s taken it.

‘It made the last 30 minutes tough because we couldn’t get out. They put a lot of pressure on us but credit to my players because they found a way to win.

‘We’d love it to be more comfortable by getting a third goal in the first 15 minutes of the second half or being in more control.

‘It wasn’t to be  – but that just backs up you have to work hard for every point in this league.’

Ardley’s frustration at what he witnessed in the first half at Kingsmeadow was highlighted by his triple half-time substitution.

That saw Deji Oshilaja shifted to right-back where the defender caused problems.

Hanson’s goal came in the 63rd minute to deny Pompey a seventh clean sheet of the season.

Jackett added: ‘I felt we struggled with them overloading when Oshilaja went out there.

‘Even when Lowe went out there we didn’t necessarily get to grips with him.

‘For our standard of defenders I sometimes feel there’s not enough clean sheets.

‘But I do talk about zeroes and ones.’

Jackett was pleased to see Tom Naylor open his Pompey goal account in his 15th appearance for the club.

The midfielder was denied by Joe McDonnell from an early corner, but a repeat in the 23rd minute saw him head Dion Donohue’s left-footed delivery past the Dons keeper.

Jackett was pleased to see Pompey score from a corner – an area he's wanted his side to up their threat from.

The manager said: ‘Tom’s had chances. He’s had good chances particularly from set-pieces.

‘From Dion’s quality corner it was good to see us get one.

‘When you get a goal like that it gets your tails up and gives you a great chance of winning  a football match.’

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