Date: 26th September 2017 at 10:24am
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This season Pompey have returned to the ‘consistently inconsistent’ side we had seen quite often in recent this years as the Blues haven’t been able to string together a run of results.

When we win we then go onto lost the next, which has been the case following all three of our wins so far.

Scunthorpe was always going to be a tough but confidence was high after the Fratton Park win over Fleetwood – successive home game against Bristol Rovers and Oldham could start a run?

A run Kenny Jackett told he feels we’re ‘capable of going on.’

‘We feel capable of going on a winning run, but saying you’re close isn’t good enough – you actually have to go and do it. There wasn’t enough energy at Scunthorpe on Saturday and we didn’t have any purpose going forward. We didn’t do enough with the ball.’

However, Bristol Rovers, despite a somewhat up and down start to the season, similar to ourselves really, isn’t going to be easy so we’ll need to step it up this evening.

Jackett added: ‘Bristol Rovers were seventh in the league last season and will want to go one better this time and get a top six berth. I’m sure they’ll be eyeing up the Championship like we all are and will have aspirations of getting there. They have a big squad and a lot of quality, but while we respect every opponent, it’s up to us to find our rhythm.’

Saturday’s been and gone. Yes, it was another below par performance and Scunthorpe could have scored more, whereas we didn’t offer too much threat, but with these successive – and winnable – games coming up this is an opportunity.

But one we need to take and Jackett hopes we do.

He said: ‘We want to be a force in this division and as the home side, we have to make sure they worry about us. There was a positive atmosphere in our last game at Fratton Park, so hopefully we can get Saturday out of our system. We’ve got two home matches coming up in the space of a few days, so we have to look at that as an opportunity.’

These are most definitely games where points would be expected.

Oldham is a near dead cert where three points will be demanded so four points from these two games wouldn’t be bad and should be achievable – anything less and the natives will most definitely become restless, some already have.

We could have to do without both Conor Chaplin – hamstring strain – and Brett Pitman – knee – though but Damien McCrory could return sooner than anticipated after his knee injury.


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2017-18 Prediction League – September
Bristol Rovers (h) – Tuesday 26th September 2017 – click here.
Oldham (h) – Saturday 30th September 2017 – click here.

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