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Portsmouth 2 v 1 Altrincham
FA Cup
Saturday, 30th November 2019 Kick-off 15:00
Pompey players are out to avoid an FA Cup upset
Saturday, 30th Nov 2019 10:05 by pompey-fans.com staff

Kenny Jackett says it's down to Pompey to make sure they don't fall victim to an FA Cup giantkilling against Altrincham.

The manager says they must concentrate on their own game against the National League North visitors and carry on the form they have shown recently in the league.

He told the club website: 'It’s important you don’t overestimate or underestimate any opposition, while realising you have to set your own standards. The team you’re playing against will obviously have an effect, but you need to take ownership of your own performance.

'It might be a little bit more low-key than Rotherham on Tuesday or Peterborough the following Saturday. But that doesn’t matter. It’s something we have to overcome and make sure that we get the crowd on board.

'We know a lot about Altrincham and I’ve got friends who work in that league and have played them recently. We’ve done our due diligence. There were some big FA Cup games last season – and the highlight was beating Norwich away with a late goal – and we want to get through to third round.

'We won’t be messing with the team too much. I might feel that someone needs a break, but I don’t want the rhythm to change for the sake of it.'

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