Kenny Jackett pinpoints creativity problems after Portsmouth suffer dismal Wigan defeat

Kenny Jackett rued his side’s lack of creativity after Pompey suffered a dismal defeat to Wigan.
Kenny Jackett watches as Pompey suffered a 2-1 loss to Wigan - their first Fratton Park league defeat for almost months. Picture: Joe PeplerKenny Jackett watches as Pompey suffered a 2-1 loss to Wigan - their first Fratton Park league defeat for almost months. Picture: Joe Pepler
Kenny Jackett watches as Pompey suffered a 2-1 loss to Wigan - their first Fratton Park league defeat for almost months. Picture: Joe Pepler

This afternoon’s 2-1 loss represented a first Fratton Park league defeat in almost 17 months.

Yet it was the manner of the result which was most concerning, with another limp League One showing this season.

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The under-pressure Jackett finds his side with two points from their opening three league fixtures.

And, reflecting on the poor loss to the Latics, he pinpointed Blues issues in the final third of the pitch.

He told The News: ‘I thought we started the game pretty well and looked the better side.

‘The (first) goal against us knocked the steam out of us, we lost a lot of confidence off the back of that, and it looked a poor goal as well

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Lee Evans looked like he was on his own on the edge of the box, nobody near him. He’s hit the ball into the ground and still found a way of bouncing over the keeper.

‘But, similarly, it was a poor goal to give away and I did think there was more than enough time for us to get going.

‘We built up some pressure in the second half and didn’t really get the clear-cut chances that that pressure warranted.

‘We couldn't either find the final pass, over-hitting it, or numerous balls into the box, particularly from set-pieces we didn’t get on the end of.

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‘It was a very good strike from Ellis Harrsion, the keeper had no chance, it was in the top corner with his left foot – and Raggett’s header which came off the post.

‘And you are looking at those moments to lift you in the final third, where we haven't created enough.’