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Don't beat yourself up over missed Pompey chances
Monday, 30th Oct 2017 21:34 by staff

Kyle Bennett has been told not to be too harsh on himself over his missed chances that cost Pompey so dear against Bradford.

Boss Kenny Jackett said the fact Bennett was getting into positions for the opportunities showed he was doing many things right - and was heartened by the reception Bennett got when he came off.

The pint-sized forward will hope to get another chance to impress when Pompey go to Luton in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Jackett told The News: ‘Kyle was a bit down afterwards. We spoke and he was saying along the lines he had to finish the chances that he’d had. I don’t think there is anybody else that would have got there in the athletic way that he did and almost created some chances out of nothing.

‘There was one at the end of the first half where he ran 60 yards to get on the far post. He possibly could have taken a touch, but took it first time. For the one at the start of the second half, he has intercepted a ball back to the goalkeeper, gone around him and hit the side netting.

'But he showed fantastic awareness and athleticism to get into those positions, which he has to be encouraged by. Kyle’s got to keep working at it, keep getting into those positions, he caused their centre-halves lots of problems and got a very good round of applause when he came off.

‘That was an appreciation of the effort and contribution he brings, not just creating chances but linking attack to defence, which is something at times this season I don’t think we’ve been great at.’


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