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There are Pompey plusses - and minuses - after Luton lose at Fratton
Sunday, 5th Aug 2018 20:30 by pompey-fans.com staff
There were things that pleased boss Kenny Jackett as Pompey got the season off to a winning start at home to Luton - and things that didn't.
The manager felt the Blues didn't offer enough in attack and didn't win enough of the game's aerial challenges.
The game, despite the 1-0 win, gave him plenty to ponder as he plots his tactics for the trip to Blackpool next Saturday.
Jackett told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: 'We showed terrific heart and spirit, with some very good defending, although we didn’t have enough going forward. Our ball retention didn’t help us until Ben Close came on and we managed to find a few passes to take the sting out of the game.
'Pearson and Sheehan won too many headers in both halves and the service needs to be better for our forwards. We’re going to need the qualities we did show throughout the game, but does the build-up and possession need to be better? Yes.
'There are things we need to add to a committed display because for the home side, we had very few chances. I was pleased with the goal – it was a good run from Ronan down the right hand side and he pulled it back well for Jamal, who made the finish look easy.
'It was a key moment that ultimately won us the game, but we just didn’t create enough from that point.'