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Jackett's TLP Interview
Jackett's TLP Interview
Monday, 13th Feb 2006 00:00

Kenny Jackett's Full Interview With League Paper

Jackett's Interview With The League Paper

"I'VE SET my players an 85-point target for earning promotion to the Championship ­ and am backing them to do it.

"I reckon around 75 points are needed for the play-offs, but I'd like to believe we could go up automatically because we've led our division for long spells this term.

"The 1-0 victory over Bournemouth last weekend was only our second win in 11 league games. But my squad has strength of character and I'm convinced that this can carry us through to our main goal of promotion. It's going to be an exciting last few months of the season. We have also reached the southern area final of the LDV Vans Trophy and will play Colchester over two legs in February and March. We've also got a date with Wrexham at the Racecourse later in the season in the final of the FAW Premier Cup! "I SPLASHED out a total of £625,000 for Rory Fallon, Tom Williams, Leon Knight, Steve Watt and Darren Way in the January transfer window. When you spend that level at money you are under a degree of pressure, but every single one of these lads must be judged over the next 18 months ­ and not before. Tom is already showing his versatility ­ he has slotted into left-back and that has allowed us to switch Sam Ricketts across to right-back. This has released Alan Tate into central midfield and it's plugged a gap caused by the injuries to Darren, Owain Tudor Jones and Kris O'Leary. Steve was taken from Chelsea's reserves. He is a kid with very little experience and I'd like to think he'll prove a shrewd investment over time. Leon got a hat-trick on his debut, but it's over a period that he'll show his value. It's the same for Rory, whose positional sense, first touch and hard work have already impressed me. "I WAS delighted Lee Trundle ended his near 13-hour goal drought by grabbing the extra-time winner in our FAW Premier Cup semi-final clash against League of Wales Carmarthen last Wednesday. That will be a relief to Lee, who is only just approaching match fitness after a couple of recent injury niggles."

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