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Sunderland 1 v 0 Portsmouth

Saturday, 11th May 2019 Kick-off 19:30
Blues not worried by how much Sunderland know about them
Thursday, 9th May 2019 23:06 by staff

Kenny Jackett says he is not concerned by how much Sunderland know about Pompey ahead of the sides' play-off first leg at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

He is more taken up by his own preparations than worrying about how much the Black Cats have worked out about Pompey's strengths and weaknesses.

Jackett has no new injury concerns for Saturday evening's showdown and told the club website: 'It’s a chance to get into the Championship – and that’s a big prize for whoever emerges successful from the four sides. We’re pleased to be in there with a shot and every player here knows we have to attack what’s ahead of us.

'We pushed the top two, but the reality is we hadn’t been in those spaces for a few months – we were always chasing Luton and Barnsley in the latter half of the season. Getting over that disappointment and trying to seize the opportunity is something I’ve been stressing this week.

'It turns now from a league campaign into a cup competition and it’s something that does feel different. You can only say what a good result is after 180 minutes, but of course you want to be in a good position after the first game.

'Teams aren’t short on information about each other at this stage of the season, although that’s not something I’m really concerned about. You need to make sure your own team are at their best – mentally, physically and tactically. You have to be prepared.

'Whoever does that better will win and it’s not really important who knows the most about the opposition. We’ve got a lot of respect for Sunderland, who are a big club. It’s an exciting tie and everyone’s enthusiastic about what’s ahead.

'We really appreciate all the fans who are making the long trip up there and want to put on a performance for them.'


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