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Plymouth Argyle 1 v 1 Portsmouth
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Saturday, 9th February 2019 Kick-off 15:00
Jackett wants to get more of his squad 'up to speed' after Plymouth point
Sunday, 10th Feb 2019 22:16 by pompey-fans.com staff

Pompey are relishing a hectic run of matches despite struggling to find the winning form that carried them to the top of League One in the first half of the season.

So says Kenny Jackett after a point at Plymouth - which could be seen as a good return or a bad one, depending on your viewpoint.

The Blues were disappointed to take only a point after Ben Close had put them one up with a firm low shot from the edge of the box on 56 minutes - Graham Carey's free kick cancelling out the midfielder's first league goal of the season.

But they had to withstand plenty of Plymouth pressure at the end of the game, so it might have been a worse outcome.

Jackett told the Pompey website he had mixed feelings about the result but was now looking forward to a vital set of five games. He said: 'We want to be winning games and feel a little bit hard done by after going ahead and then having chances to increase our lead.

'I felt the decision to award the free-kick was slightly harsh, although Carey’s hit a fantastic effort with his left foot. It was always going to be a tight match and it’s frustrating that we couldn’t get three points because we defended well and restricted Plymouth to few chances.

'We were able to get into some very threatening positions throughout and I thought our performance was encouraging. We got in behind them, got crosses in and got people into the box, while their keeper pulled off a couple of outstanding saves.

'Now we want to produce more displays like that and get a few more of our lads up to speed because I thought Bryn Morris played well. He looks to be over his ankle injury and formed a good midfield partnership with Ben Close. He was unlucky not to get in and score the winner at the end.

'We’re looking forward to a run of five games in 15 days from next week, starting with a televised match at Southend.'

Pompey: MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Morris, Close; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis; Bogle (Hawkins 67). Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Haunstrup, May, Solomon-Otabor, Vaughan.

Referee: Ben Toner

Attendance: 12,052 (1,180 Pompey fans)

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