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Shrewsbury Town 0 v 2 Portsmouth
SkyBet League One
Saturday, 23rd March 2019 Kick-off 15:00
A change is as good as a rest for Pompey
Sunday, 24th Mar 2019 19:36 by staff

Kenny Jackett admitted it needed a change of formation to bring about Pompey's success at Shrewsbury.

The Shrews had the best of the opening half hour but tactical changes got Pompey on top and they went on to win 2-0 courtesty of goals by Ben Close and Brett Pitman.

It moved them up to third in the table, still four points behind second-placed Barnsley.

Jackett told 'It was hard-fought and the first 25 minutes really did belong to Shrewsbury, with our keeper making one outstanding save in that period.

'I was wondering if it was going to be our day, but we changed things a bit tactically and had a lot of chances. We weren’t able to provide enough support up to Omar Bogle and it meant he couldn’t quite get into the game.

'So we needed to get Brett slightly closer to the second ball and Jamal over to his natural side, where he could be more of a threat. We battled very well from that and looked like scoring goals on the break, which ultimately proved to be the case.

'We got ourselves the first goal – which is always key – and then an excellent reverse ball from Oli Hawkins allowed Pitman to wrap things up. Oli came on and hit the bar, forced their keeper into a very good save and then made the key assist for Brett to put the game to bed.'

Pompey now have a break from league action for a fortnight, with the Checkatrade Trophy final occupying them - and Sunderland - next weekend.

Pompey: MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Evans (Walkes 89), Pitman, Lowe; Bogle (Hawkins 55). Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, May, Isgrove, Vaughan

Referee: Ollie Yates

Attendance: 8,028 (1,172 Pompey fans)


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