|Portsmouth 1 v 2 Wigan Athletic|
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Saturday, 26th September 2020 Kick-off 15:00
Jackett makes Pompey admissions after Wigan defeat - but is he saying anything we don't know?
Saturday, 26th Sep 2020 20:57 by pompey-fans.com staff
Although you can't argue with many of the points Kenny Jackett made after Pompey lost at home to Wigan, the simple truth is fans are fed up hearing the same old lines about what needs to change.
An increasing number of Blues supporters are losing faith in Jackett's ability to get this team scoring goals and winning games - two things they need to start doing sharpish if they're to avoid being left behind in this season's League One promotion race.
Here - if you can bear to read it - is what the manager had to say after a 2-1 Fratton win for the Latics.
He told the club website he knew the return of two points, and only one goal, from the opening three games was not good: 'It’s a concern. We started the game well enough, were on top and played some good football. The first goal was a disappointing one because it did seem that Evans was in a lot of space and it bounced over my goalkeeper.
“It knocked us out of our stride more than it should have done and there was plenty of time for us to get back into it. I felt that was really the turning point of the game and it did just seem to drain the confidence from our side.
'Throughout the game, we put a lot of balls into their box and applied plenty of pressure, but unfortunately we couldn’t make it pay. Ellis came on and scored a very good goal for us, while Sean Raggett had a header that came off the post.
'But generally we weren’t able to find that cutting edge in the final third of the pitch to really make a difference. We’re obviously very disappointed with our start in the league and it’s the first time we’ve lost at home for a long while – we’re used to getting results here.
'We want to be winning every week – no matter the opposition – and we had enough of the game to do better, so it’s frustrating we couldn’t convert that into more goals. Now we have to keep working away and be able to convert the high number of set-pieces that we’re getting. We need to be more dangerous in those situations.'
As we said at the top, all salient points. But how much longer will Jackett go on making them before either things change, or he is relieved of his duties? The next few weeks will be interesting...