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Jackett delivers news Pompey fans want to hear
Saturday, 29th Jul 2017 14:06 by staff

Pompey aim to play proper football in League One - that's the welcome if unsurprising news from Kenny Jackett as the start of the season nears.

He wants his team to play it out from the back - but says they will be sensible about when to use that approach and others.

Speaking ahead of today's final pre-season friendly at Crawley, Jackett told The News: 'We want to play out.n terms of playing, maybe playing out from the back all of the time isn’t possible. I think at times it risky, but if it’s at all possible yes that’s what we want to do.

‘We want to play and we want to pass through the units definitely. We want to do that from the keeper, who is comfortable with the ball. So you are going to need a keeper with a good level of distribution and selection – that’s important.’

He added: I don’t think you should overdo it and take risks. You don’t want to be taking too many risks in and around your own box. British football is traditionally renowned for the way sides close you down.

‘So it’s not something you can do all of the time in any league, but the right ball at the right time is something you can do. As a coach, not just for the keeper but everyone, you need to be coaching the right message. You need to be coaching time with the right options, one with a short pass and a long pass. Then it’s about the players choosing the right ball at the right time.’


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