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Pompey please boss at both ends as challenge gathers momentum
Sunday, 9th Feb 2020 19:02 by pompey-fans.com staff
Kenny Jackett is keeping his feet - and those of his players - firmly on the ground after victory at Tranmere made it nine wins in a row and moved Pompey up to fifth in League One.
This is now a run of consecutive wins Pompey have not managed since before they were in the Football League, but Jackett, while not quite saying 'let's take it one game at a time', is preaching just that.
Goals from Sean Raggett - his first for the club - and Ryan Williams secured a hard-working victory over a Rovers side who were better than their league position suggested.
Jackett told the club website: 'The record’s fantastic and we’re delighted – the players should be very proud and it means we’ve got a lot to play for in three competitions. We need to recover well, avoid injuries, keep our rhythm and rise to the challenge in the last third of the season.
'It was always going to be a tough game at Tranmere, so I was really happy with the outcome and we had to be at our best defensively. Cook and Vaughan were a real handful up front and they made it difficult to get out, along with the slight slope and a bit of wind.
'But then we took advantage of that from the start of the second half and got a very good goal from Ryan Williams. It’s something we’ve been talking about because he gives us so much and we want him to add goals to his game.
'I’m also pleased for Sean because he’s stuck at it and shown good character – as a number of players have during the course of the season. He’s benefitted from a strong partnership with Christian Burgess and the pair of them have grown as the games have gone on.
'The goals were the most pleasing aspect and we had good chances to score even more, which is encouraging.'
Pompey have another huge game on Tuesday when they head to Birmingham to play Coventry, who are a place above them in the tightly packed table.
Pompey: Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; Naylor (c), Close; Williams, McGeehan, Curtis; Harrison. Subs not used: MacGillivray, McCrorie, Whatmough, Brown, Evans, Harness, Marquis
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Attendance: 6,985 (1,379 Pompey fans)