Kenny Jackett rues lacklustre Portsmouth's loss at Fleetwood

Kenny Jackett felt Pompey were lacking as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at promotion rivals Fleetwood.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 5:57 pm
Updated Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 5:58 pm

Callum Connelly’s 12th-minute header handed Joey Barton’s side a lead which they never looked like surrendering.

Having lost Ellis Harrison in the warm-up, prompting a reshuffle with Oli Hawkins recalled, the Blues struggled for creativity throughout.

The outcome was a Highbury Stadium loss which sees them drop to seventh – and outside the play-offs – in this congested promotion battle.

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett felt Pompey were lacking in today's 1-0 loss at Fleetwood. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

Jackett said: ‘I didn’t think we really did enough in the first half.

‘I understand the elements played a big part, but didn’t think we had our usual sharpness, they were half a yard quicker to the ball and deserved their 1-0 lead at half-time.

‘Similarly, with the elements, I thought we could have a big second half and come back into the game.

‘I still felt it was there for us at half-time and was hoping with all off the pressure we had, and we had a lot, we would find more moments in front of goal.

‘Probably our best ones were Sean Raggett’s header headed off the line and a few moments of Marcus Harness travelling into the box with the ball, but we just couldn’t find that half a yard.

‘Ultimately they defended very well and protected their lead.’