Portsmouth relieved the pressure on their boss Kenny Jackett last night, after securing a priceless 1-0 win on a chilly evening at Fratton Park against Lincoln City.
It was a scrappy affair by all accounts, but the Portsmouth boss won’t mind. Underperforming striker John Marquis scored his first goal for Pompey since August to settle the difference between the two sides.
The summer signing from Doncaster pounced after Christian Burgess’s header was tipped back to the feet of Marquis, who poked the ball into the bottom corner.
Marquis had been on a goal drought since August 28th – where he scored for Portsmouth against Queens Park Rangers in the Carabao Cup.
There was a barrage of criticism thrown at Jackett after the loss to AFC Wimbledon last Saturday. Despite that, Pompey’s form has started to improve over recent weeks, as they have lost just once in their last six games.
FLW takes a look at two things that can be taken away from the proceedings yesterday at Fratton Park…
Jackett reluctant to change methods
Pompey have built a reputation for keeping possession of the ball, despite not creating many clear cut chances from open play.
Against Wimbledon, Portsmouth had 63% possession. Last night, it decreased to 52% – suggesting more of an even game. Nevertheless, throughout the first half, Pompey kept hold of the ball and were sometimes dispossessed cheaply on occasion, causing Craig MacGillivray to be called upon a few times.
Despite retaining much of the ball in the first period, the home side’s only threats in front of goal came from set pieces, which resulted in Marquis’ eventual winner.
Marquis goal crucial in current circumstances
Last season, John Marquis found the net 21 times in the league for Doncaster Rovers, and his goal on Tuesday may give him the confidence he needs to get back firing.
It is especially crucial at present as Pompey have found goals hard to come by, scoring 13 goals in 12 league games.
In addition, fellow striker Brett Pitman is also ruled out for the trip to the Memorial Stadium to face Bristol Rovers on Saturday after missing the games against Wimbledon and Lincoln with a groin problem, meaning Marquis will be leading the line.