|Portsmouth 2 v 0 Colchester United|
Papa John's Trophy
Tuesday, 8th September 2020 Kick-off 19:45
Colchester win is Pompey's perfect warm-up for the real thing
Wednesday, 9th Sep 2020 22:06 by pompey-fans.com staff
Kenny Jackett feels Pompey's EFL Trophy win at home to Colchester has set them up nicely for a more important game - the League One opener against Shrewsbury on Saturday.
He implied that many of those who faced the Essex side in a 2-0 Fratton win were in line to keep their places against the Shrews - though whether the Blues' two new full-backs Cameron Pring and Callum Johnson play in the league game remains to be seen.
He told the club website: 'It was a solid performance and better defensively than at Stevenage – which we did need – so hopefully it sets us up nicely for Saturday. I do think that those players who feature against Shrewsbury will be better for having appeared in this game.
'It will help them to get into a rhythm and build their confidence – it was a really good workout for all of them. We’re pleased with the clean sheet and Marcus scored two excellent goals, while we could have had more.
'Colchester are a good footballing side and they move the ball well, but we restricted them to minimal chances. There were also a couple of positive debuts for Callum Johnson and Cameron Pring. It’s good for them to get a blue shirt on pretty quickly.'