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Boss issues challenge after Pompey squeeze past Dons
Wednesday, 27th Dec 2017 16:32 by staff

Kenny Jackett wants the Blues to start 'getting at' their opponents after seeing his side notch another single-goal Fratton Park victory.

The 2-1 success over AFC Wimbledon, courtesy of Ben Close's fine finish and a Brett Pitman penalty, left the manager asking his players to impose themselves a little more on the opposition.

He told the club website: 'We got ourselves in front twice and I’m pleased to say that we eventually saw it through. I haven’t seen either of the big decisions again, but my first impression is that they were both penalties.

'Our better chances and spells arrived in the second half when the match had opened up a bit more. AFC Wimbledon had an opportunity right at the very start of the game and then they had the penalty, but otherwise created very little.

'The pitch did very to hold up considering the conditions and we did manage to eventually get going and play some constructive football. Our next challenge is to really get at sides, rather than just staying in games, being solid and competitive.'

Pompey took the lead just before half-time when Dons defender Jon Meades gave the ball away and it eventually fell to Close, whose low 20-yard drive nestled in the corner of the net for his second Blues goal.

The Dons levelled soon after the interval. Christian Burgess was judged to have handled in the box and Lyle Taylor beat Luke McGee from 12 yards.

It's a while since Pompey scored two in a home league game so could they do it here to maintain their excellent recent Fratton record? The answer - yes.

It was the game's second penalty that gave Pitman the chance to win it. He was bundled over by Barry Fuller and stepped up to smash home a good spot kick.

Ex-Blue Andy Barcham had Wimbledon's best chance of an equaliser after that but Pompey held on to go seventh - level on points with sixth-placed Peterborough.

They aim to end 2017 on a high with another home victory when Northampton visit on Saturday.


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