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Fleetwood Town 1 v 0 Portsmouth
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Saturday, 22nd February 2020 Kick-off 15:00
Pompey boss wants Fleetwood focus - helped by midweek lift
Saturday, 22nd Feb 2020 09:20 by staff

Pompey must put Wembley firmly out of their minds and focus again on their No1 priority - getting promotion from League One - as they go to Fleetwood.

Joey Barton's team, who they face twice in the next few weeks, are in decent form and will give Kenny Jackett's team a stiff test.

Pompey head into the game in sixth spot but knowing there are teams breathing down their necks if they slip up.

Jackett told the Pompey website: 'All of the players and coaching staff will say that the league is most definitely our number one priority. Everyone was delighted to get through on Tuesday night, but we all know that Saturday is the most important thing.

'Consistency and winning games does of course help you, though, in terms of rolling on to the next game. The way we finished against Exeter can lift you and provide confidence because Fratton Park was on a real high.

'So we have to take that buoyancy and use it to our advantage, but we need to earn a good result at Fleetwood. Win, lose or draw, I move on very quickly and make sure the players do as well, so all our concentration is on the weekend.'

Pompey won at Fleetwood in the third round of the FA Cup but Jackett added: 'They have a strong team and are competing with us in the league. Nobody here is underestimating them because the job that Joey Barton and Clint Hill has done there is outstanding.

'You always know it will be difficult against one of your rivals – in terms of where the sides are in the table – and we have to get our own performance right.'


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