Kenny Jackett frustrated Portsmouth failed to build second-half momentum in Gillingham draw

Kenny Jackett was left frustrated after Pompey failed to build second-half impetus in their goalless stalemate with Gillingham.

Saturday, 12th October 2019, 5:56 pm
Updated Saturday, 12th October 2019, 5:57 pm
Pompey manager Kenny Jackett. Picture: Graham Hunt

The Blues were held to a 0-0 draw against the Gills at Fratton Park in League One this afternoon.

Despite having the lion's share of possession and the better goalscoring opportunities, the hosts failed to find a breakthrough.

Sean Raggett crashed a header against the post in the first half, while Gareth Evans and Ben Close both had efforts saved by visiting keeper Jack Bonham.

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In the second period, however, openings were much more difficult to come by – although Lee Brown squandered a gilt-edged chance in stoppage-time.

And Jackett rued his side's lack of momentum after the interval.

The Blues boss said: ‘Ultimately, it was frustrating.

‘In the first half, we worked their keeper. Ben Close and Gareth Evans had good strikes and Sean Raggett hit the post with a header.

‘At half-time, although we wanted to score I felt we could build on it in the second half. We were in control and thought we could go on and win it.

‘We had a lot of set-pieces throughout the game. In the first part of the second half, we lost our way and a bit of confidence.

‘We didn’t step on the gas enough to really take them game away from the opposition.

‘Ellis had a shot saved and the best one was when Lee Brown in stoppage-time connected well but pulled it across the goal.

‘The second half was frustrating and we couldn't really build any momentum, which took the game away from us.’