Date: 6th March 2018 at 8:31am
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Kenny Jackett has previous of turning things around in the final throws of the season as a winning run at Swansea brought success at the end of the 2004-05 campaign – he is seeking a repeat with Pompey.

On that occasion, coming off the back of a run of form similar to that of the Blues have been on since the turn of the year, Swansea, who had won just once in nine games in February and March, recorded six wins from the final eight games to get the job done.

Jackett has recalled that campaign and told the News he’s looking for more of the same at Fratton Park as he not only looks to replicate his own achievements here – of course, 10 wins from the final 12 last season eventually landed Pompey the League Two title – as the Blues seek to overturn the four point deficit between ourselves and the top-six with 11 games to go.

He feels we can ‘definitely’ achieve his aims, but concedes we ‘need a little bit of luck’ and hints this will be needed both in terms of results – which is a given – and on the injury and suspension front so he can ‘settle the side down.’

As a whole this season has been an up and down one, there’s no getting away from that. I must admit there are few signs to suggest we’ll be able to do enough to put together the sort of form needed to achieve a play-off spot, even if we did I remain unconvinced we’re ready for another promotion…

That being said nine wins in 11 games – in all competitions – to end 2017 offers some hope, but unlike Jackett, and I do not want this to sound negative as such, I think more realistic, I cannot see this, can you?

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3 Replies to “Blues can do it…really?”

  • I’m begining to think Jackett has lost all sense of reality, can he not see how bad we are.The difference last year was we had a good team quite capable of going on that sort of run. On the plus side I see he’s taking a look at defensive midfielder Paul Paton just the sort of combatative midfielder player we need, if he;s got any sense and he’s any where near fit he should put him straight into the team for Saturday, because I really fear for our light weigh midfield against Gillingham.

  • I guess, in fairness, Jackett has to remain positive as if he was coming out saying we couldn’t make it everyone would jump on his back for being negative – the reality is he probably knows himself it isn’t going to happen.

  • I like the fact he’s (Jackett) giving the younger players a chance, but there’s little doubt we’ve missed that combative edge and experience in central midfield for most of the season. Rose and O’Keefe have been missed and the fact a combative – and experienced – player wasn’t brought in last month was surprising. Maybe Paton could be the answer on a short-term deal coming with ‘an option?’

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