Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett has revealed his players were delighted when they heard they would be facing bitter rivals Southampton in the Carabao Cup.
The League One side pulled off a very impressive 2-0 victory at QPR last night and they were rewarded for that victory with a home tie against their south coast neighbours.
And, Jackett told BBC reporter Andrew Moon that the squad were extremely excited at the prospect of welcoming the Premier League side to Fratton Park next month.
“Boss Kenny Jackett says there was a huge roar on the team coach when they were drawn #saintsfc in the League Cup.”
The game will be the first fixture between the sides for almost seven years and whilst the priority for Portsmouth is always going to be promotion, this is a tie that will grip the area.
Pompey are unbeaten in their last four meetings against the Saints, although they have five third-tier games between now and the local derby, which is scheduled to be played on September 24.
This is going to be a great night at Fratton Park and the atmosphere will be electric, so it’s no surprise to see the players are buzzing at the prospect of this game.
It also shows they have no fear, which will please the fans because despite the difference in the leagues, they will still expect their team to put up a fight.
The immediate focus has to be on the league but there’s no doubt the squad will be having one eye on this tie and they will know they need to perform between now and then to get a place in the XI when Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side arrive.
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