Uncertainty over League of Ireland test from UCD but Portsmouth boss expects to be challenged

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Kenny Jackett is expecting a stiff test of his team’s credentials against UCD.

Pompey are uncertain of what to expect when they meet the League of Ireland outfit on Wednesday night.

The Blues travelled to their base just outside of Dublin yesterday as they began their pre-season training camp.

They go to the UCD Bowl not knowing what kind of team will be put out by the side who are bottom of the premier division.

UCD last played on Friday night when they picked up a 1-0 win over Finn Harps and travel to Derry on Friday evening.

Jackett intends to play two different sides in each half in their first pre-season outing, and, whatever their opponents decide to do, feels they will offer a useful challenge.

UCD in action against Dundalk. Picture INPHO/Ryan Byrne

UCD in action against Dundalk. Picture INPHO/Ryan Byrne

He said: ‘You trust them to put out a competitive side.

‘It could be a mixture but we’re playing two 45-minute teams anyway.

‘So if they do something similar we don’t particularly mind at that time and we’re appreciative of the game.

‘We do need a game in the middle of that week, so whatever team they put out may be revolving around their fixtures.

‘Sometimes they play their first team because it’s better than training or sometimes do the pre-season one of getting to 60 or 70 minutes and start subbing them.

‘I don’t know what their plan is but we accept whatever they do and appreciate the game.’