Kenny Jackett hails Portsmouth's Mr Consistency following another inspirational moment

Kenny Jackett pinpointed Craig MacGillivray’s brilliant late Fleetwood contribution as preventing Pompey defeat.

Thursday, 17th December 2020, 6:30 am
Craig MacGillivray's consistency - and Fleetwood saved - has earned praise from Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler
Craig MacGillivray's consistency - and Fleetwood saved - has earned praise from Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

And the Blues boss is delighted with his ever-dependable last line of defence.

MacGillivray has re-established himself as Pompey’s number one and now racked up three successive clean sheets in League One – all against promotion rivals.

Yet it was a magnificent stop minutes from time on Tuesday evening which somehow denied James Hill’s far-post header after powerfully meeting Mark Duffy’s free-kick.

It seemed destined for the net, until MacGillivray intervened with a brave block to deny the bewildered substitute.

In that moment the Scot had secured his side a point – and earned praise from his manager.

Jackett said: ‘If that had gone in there would not have been much time to get back into the game with it being so late on.

‘They could have won it in that moment – but for Craig.

‘I’m delighted with him this season, he has been very consistent since he came to Pompey.

‘Craig’s a very, very good professional and works hard at this game all the time.

‘He always wants to improve with John Kiely and his consistency has been there since day one of coming to the club.

‘I do rate both Craig and Alex Bass, both are good keepers, but that was an important save from Craig against Fleetwood.

‘Fleetwood are a good side, they made it tough for us, and it would have been difficult coming back had we conceded so late from that free-kick.

‘But Craig prevented that with a very good stop.’

Following Tuesday night’s goalless draw, Pompey have gone 386 minutes without a goal in all competitions.

That includes the 3-0 win at Cheltenham in the Papa John’s Trophy, when Bass featured in goal.

Although MacGillivray started for League One clean sheets against Peterborough, Ipswich and Fleetwood.

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