Kenny Jackett reveals Lee Brown thoughts on battle to be Portsmouth's left-back

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Kenny Jackett admitted Lee Brown is up for the battle to be Pompey's first-choice left back.

The defender faces renewed competition for a starting place following Charlie Daniels’ arrival on a free transfer last month.

But Blues boss Jackett said his vice-captain knows that’s exactly what you would expect when playing for a club of the calibre of Pompey.

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Former Bournemouth full-back Daniels arrived at Fratton Park during the January transfer window following Cam Pring’s Bristol City recall.

The one-time Premier League player has signed until the end of the season and provides some vital competitiveness on the left-hand side of Pompey’s back four.

Despite the veteran’s presence, Brown was handed his 20th appearance of the campaign for the visit of Lincoln to Fratton Park last week.

But for the Blues’ next game away to Charlton in midweek, the former Bristol Rovers man found himself occupying a place on the bench after Daniels was given the nod to start.

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Brown has been a regular starter for Pompey this term when fit.

Pompey left-back Lee BrownPompey left-back Lee Brown
Pompey left-back Lee Brown

He now has a battle on his hands to maintain that stat for the remainder of the season.

However, Jackett insists the 30-year-old is fine with the competition and would expect nothing less from a side with serious ambitions of returning to the Championship.

The manager said: ‘Lee knew we would be signing another specialist left-back, he would have been surprised if we hadn’t.

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‘Whether it was an experienced one or a younger one, we wanted the one with the most quality and the best player – that’s the case.

Charlie Daniels started Tuesday night's win at Charlton.Charlie Daniels started Tuesday night's win at Charlton.
Charlie Daniels started Tuesday night's win at Charlton.

‘For Lee, he’s fine with it.

‘It’s part and parcel of playing for a club of the stature of Portsmouth. You need and expect competition around you.’

Daniels has already spoken about the competition for places his Fratton Park arrival brings.

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