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Northampton Town 3 v 1 Portsmouth
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Tuesday, 12th September 2017 Kick-off 19:45
Be professional and stay on the pitch! That's the message to Pompey
Wednesday, 13th Sep 2017 22:29 by staff

Kenny Jackett has said naivety will get found out in League One as he reminds fans his team is a work in progress.

The Pompey boss said there was much to be encouraged about in the performance at Northampton - but the team needed to be smarter and at times more professional if they wanted to make progress at this level.

Jackett told the club website: 'We certainly could have won that game and there certainly wasn’t a lack of application on our part. But there was a touch of naivety about us at times and we need to be more streetwise. We have to learn.

'The third goal summed us up. (Matt) Kennedy runs off to get a drink, it was a poor strike from the keeper, the ball's in our area and all of a sudden we’re 3-1 down. That was a period when we were working hard to get back into the match and you can’t let sides have that numerical advantage, even for a few seconds. It’s unprofessional.

'We had another player running off to get treatment for a bloody nose. If the referee sends you off then that’s fine or you go down – you don’t run off the pitch. So there’s a naivety to us, but on the plus side there’s also plenty of enthusiasm, a good attitude and no lack of ability.

'We created a lot of chances and for us to turn into a consistent winning unit we have to be right up there. It’s a work in progress, but you don’t come up against bad sides in this division and Northampton were good at what they did.'

Jackett added: 'Fair play to Matty because generally he played very well, but we need to show more experience in certain areas. He’s a good player and deliverer of the ball. He has a lot of confidence and I’m pleased with what he’s brought to our side.'


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