Kenny Jackett praises 'fantastic win' for resolute Portsmouth against Bolton
Kenny Jackett heaped praise on resolute Pompey as they held out for three points at Bolton.
The Blues were made to work for just a third League One victory on the road this campaign at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Christian Burgess’ 42nd-minute strike proved clinical to keep Pompey outside the play-offs only on goal difference.
The visitors were put under a barrage of pressure by the third-tier basement side in the second half, although Jackett’s side refused to be breached.
And the boss saluted his troops’ never-say-die attitude.
Jackett said: ‘It was a fantastic win. The spirit of the players, the clean sheet, the way they battled for each other and never gave up.
‘Even in the first half, we looked probably the stronger, I felt, and got the goal from the set-piece.
‘It was good to see that. It was a good delivery from (Steve) Seddon, because he’d wasted a few corners opportunities, (Sean)Raggett got the first touch and Christian followed in.
‘The second half, they penned us in right at the start very, very well. Our substitutes helped us in terms of giving us a little bit more in midfield.
‘The game then went a little bit end to end and I was looking for us to get the second.
‘We didn’t make that pay but I’m pleased to say we stayed resolute at the back and, with a lot of decisions in the second period that went against us, we found a way to get through.’