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Exclusive: Steve Seddon talks Kenny Jackett’s influence and Portsmouth’s dramatic win over Exeter City

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Portsmouth have had their fair share of memorable matches over the years, but there will certainly be on that stands out this season under the guidance of Kenny Jackett. 

Pompey hosted League Two side Exeter City at Fratton Park in the Semi-Final of the EFL Trophy, and they fought back from 2-1 down to book their spot in the final of the competition against Salford City at Wembley.

Jackett’s side won the game in dramatic circumstances on the night as well, as they equalised in the first minute of stoppage time through Cameron McGeehan before John Marquis fired home a late winner to spark jubilant scenes from the Pompey fans.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Football League World’s Jacob Potter, Pompey defender Steve Seddon outlined his emotions throughout the match, and praised the Portsmouth supporters for their impact after they fell behind at Fratton Park.

“It was a really strange game wasn’t it? The fans never turned against us to be fair, which was brilliant. I remember going 2-1 down and the fans just started cheering again to get us back in the hope of getting an equaliser.

“But I don’t think any of us thought we’d end up getting a winner with that amount of time left. It created a lot of belief and showed the character that we have as a team and what we’re about.

“It’s about keeping on going and doing everything you can. Until the final whistle goes, you can’t just draw a game from a losing position, but win it.”

Seddon also went on to issue an insight into working under Kenny Jackett, and revealed that his belief in the players is repaid by strong performances on the pitch this season.

“He demands 100% commitment and 100% of your contribution. He wants you to do everything you can on the pitch, and to run your socks off and really work hard, but work hard with a brain.

“He wants the team to do the best for each other which is good because then it installs a lot of belief within the team and he shows his belief in the players and that’s when we can go out there and show what we’re about.”

The next segment of Football League World’s exclusive interview with Seddon looks into his impressive start to the season with Birmingham City and whether his long-term future lies with the Blues or not. 


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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