Kenny Jackett issues challenge to Portsmouth goal hero Ryan Williams

Kenny Jackett has challenged Ryan Williams to ramp up his goal return.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 5:30 am
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 5:30 am

The Australian netted Pompey’s second in Saturday’s 2-0 triumph at Tranmere – representing a club record nine successive victories.

It was Williams’ second goal in 26 appearances during this second spell at Fratton Park.

However, he’s lagging behind the goal hauls of fellow wingers Ronan Curtis (13) and Marcus Harness (six) during the campaign.

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Meanwhile, last term Jamal Lowe was the Blues’ leading scorer after netting 17 times.

And Jackett wants the 26-year-old to increase his goal contribution.

Pompey’s boss said: ‘We got down the left-hand side a few times, especially at the start of the second half, and Ryan was in there and unlucky on a couple of occasions when he didn’t quite connect.

‘With the effort he brings and threat he gives us with his pace, we want him to be adding goals to his game

Ryan Williams scored his second goal of the season in Saturday's 2-0 win at Tranmere. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/

‘He needs to keep getting in the right areas, keep shooting, that’s the big thing.

‘His one on Saturday was a shot from outside the box, which was terrific, but in the main, when we get going down one side, get in and around the goal-scoring area, get in between the posts.

‘It’s as simple as that, wherever you can use a one-touch finish, keep the ball down.

‘Goals are everybody’s target, we’ve got a young squad and Ryan is still a relatively young lad. I think his best years are ahead of him and I hope Pompey benefit from that.

‘He is a good player and it is about how you add goals to your game when you are in his position, because he brings so much to the team.’

Williams’ other Pompey goal arrived at Rochdale on November 23 during a 3-0 win.

He registered just five times in 88 appearances for previous club Rotherham, but Jackett believes the Blues’ system can help him find the net more regularly.

He added: ‘This is a 4-3-3 club, that’s where we are, and both the wide men are encouraged to be high and forward.

‘When we get it right it looks like a front three.’