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Portsmouth 3 v 2 Rotherham United
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Tuesday, 26th November 2019 Kick-off 19:45
Pompey have a head of steam - and they'll need it versus promotion rivals
Wednesday, 27th Nov 2019 22:16 by staff

Kenny Jackett is delighted by the head of steam Pompey have built up with four straight wins - the latest a 3-2 success over Rotherham at Fratton Park.

But it's momentum they will need with games against Peterborough, Ipswich and Wycombe among those to come in December, which looks a pivotal month.

After goals by Ronan Curtis, John Marquis and Ben Close saw off the Millers, Jackett told 'It feels like a really big victory after beating one of the main promotion contenders – we stood toe-to-toe with them.

'We took the lead three times and it the result does give us a leg up, pulling the sides at the top of the table slightly closer. The game was always in the balance, but we’ve scored 12 times now in our past four games and there’s a lot of firepower there.

'We did have to defend at times, which you expect, but I always felt that there were more goals for us on the break. Oli Hawkins has again helped us in both boxes and that’s something we’ve needed this season, particularly late on in games.

'We’ve worked hard on our teamwork and tried to leave the egos at the door. We’re working for each other and have to keep going. If we can just keep concentrating on that and make sure the work ethic is correct, then that will only promote our other qualities.

'It took us a while to bed down as a group, but I do feel there’s a bit more understanding there now and we want to keep improving. We’ve built up a head of steam and now have a couple of cup ties to play before our next league game, which is a big one against Peterborough.'

Pompey host Accrington in the FA Cup on Saturday and Northampton in the Football League Trophy on Tuesday.

Pompey: MacGillivray; Haunstrup, Hawkins, Burgess, Brown; Walkes, Close; Williams (Harness 78), Marquis, Curtis; Harrison. Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Downing, Cannon, Evans, Pitman

Referee: Antony Coggins

Attendance: 16,355 (204 away fans)


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