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
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 menÂ 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.
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 teamÂ 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.
'˜We had more of theÂ ball in the second half and the play, but it didn'tÂ 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 themÂ 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 alwaysÂ 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 factÂ Pompey remain unbeaten in the league as they get set for aÂ 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 ofÂ effort or commitment. We couldn't find the combinations.
'˜So we take the pointÂ but also recognise or realise we want to better. It's going to be a very differentÂ game at Peterborough.'