Portsmouth handed League One wake-up call

KENNY JACKETT admitted Pompey have to work harder to open up sides at home after being handed a League One reality check. Â

Sunday, 9th September 2018, 2:56 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th September 2018, 4:02 pm
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

The boss acknowledged the Blues are going to face more teams coming to Fratton Park to frustrate his team this season, after being held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Shrewsbury on Saturday.

John Askey's winless side executed a game plan to stifle Jackett's men and were three minutes away from taking maximum points before Brett Pitman bagged a late penalty.

Pompey created little in the way of clear-cut chances, with Gareth Evans' second-half header the best of their opportunities.

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Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

It's a wake-up call for anyone believing the Blues are going to be able brush aside their League One opposition after a powerful start to the season.

Jackett knows his team are going to face more of the same this term.

He said: '˜They're going to analyse your strengths and not necessarily let you get away with them.That's the way of the world.

'˜It was hard to break them down in the first half. They are very competitive and hard to break down. Very difficult.

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

'˜We had more of the ball in the second half and the play, but it didn't result in us working their keeper.

'˜I couldn't see the combination or the single person who would get the better of their man to make the difference.

'˜In the second half we were on top. It was all at their end. But it was tough to create clear-cut chances. It really was. It's credit to them but we kept going anyway.

'˜It's mixed emotions, though, because I thought we're better than that.

'˜We didn't get the combinations going. We were always a pass out or there was an interception

'˜They had strong midfielders who were on us and we couldn't get the rhythm. They had a good game plan and it was tough for us to break them down. They defended very well and they locked on to us.

'˜It was difficult to say we deserved more than a point.'

Jackett took solace from the fact Pompey remain unbeaten in the league as they get set for a top-of-the-table clash at Peterborough this Saturday.

He added: '˜We'd want to play better and get more than a point. We're not disappointed, though, with the way the game went.

'˜It wasn't a lack of effort or commitment. We couldn't find the combinations.

'˜So we take the point but also recognise or realise we want to better. It's going to be a very different game at Peterborough.'