Kenny Jackett: I couldn't have asked for more from my Portsmouth players

Kenny Jackett felt his players couldn’t have given any more after suffering penalty shootout play-off agony.

Monday, 6th July 2020, 8:59 pm
Updated Monday, 6th July 2020, 9:10 pm

The Blues boss admitted the manner of defeat was hard to take as his men lost 5-4 on spot-kick against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.

It was left to the lottery of penalties to decide the affair after a 1-1 draw which was a hard to watch for long periods, with what was at stake clearly having a negative impact on the players.

Jackett was adamant his men could have given him no more on a night where the margins between defeat and feature proved marginal.

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He said: ‘It’s hard to take.

‘The players gave everything they got.

‘It was like last season. In very tight games we either couldn’t find the moments or the moments didn’t go for us

‘We’re disappointed going ahead in both ties and disappointed with the goal against.

Kenny Jackett and his players after the game tonight (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

‘It’s a big frustration but the players gave everything they’ve got.’