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Kenny Jackett sets specific cup target for Portsmouth

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Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has revealed that the club will be giving everything to reach the Leasing.com Trophy final for a second consecutive season.

Pompey host League Two side Exeter City at Fratton Park tonight in the semi-final with a place at Wembley up for grabs.

The League One side will be aiming to retain their trophy which they won last March when they beat Sunderland on penalties under the famous Wembley arch.

Speaking to the club website, Jackett said: “Winning the competition last season was great and it was a fantastic day for the club at Wembley.

“Now it’s come around very quickly again and we’re one step from getting back there, so we’ll be giving everything.

“Everyone knows that reaching the Championship is our priority, but it’s a real opportunity for both teams.

“We’ve always changed the team in this competition and given chances to one or two younger players.

“There will be some alterations against Exeter and those guys who have been pushing from the bench have to be ready.

“We’ll need some energy from different players coming into the team, but we’ll be doing whatever we can to win.

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“We’ve obviously got a big game on Saturday, although at the moment all of my focus is on Tuesday night.

“The players all have a really good attitude and you always see that competitive spirit, which we’ve witnessed during the course of the season.”

Portsmouth have fought hard to reach this stage of the competition with wins over Crawley Town, Norwich City under-21s and Oxford United in the group stages, the Oxford win coming on penalties.

Marcus Harness secured a 2-1 win over Northampton Town in December before a late Ellis Harrison strike in the last 16 saw Portsmouth win away at Walsall 2-1.

Another 2-1 win over Scunthorpe United at Fratton Park then followed in the last eight as Cameron McGeehan struck midway through the second half to send Jackett’s men through.

Harrison has been key in the route to the semi-final this season with three goals in four Leasing.com Trophy games.

Tonight’s game takes place live on Sky.

The Verdict

Jackett is a winner and silverware is silverware for many managers in football no matter what the competition is.

He will be telling his players to go out on the pitch tonight and secure a Wembley date for the club.

Just the thought of being able to run out at the national stadium should be enough motivation for a team to give their all and Portsmouth will certainly be looking to put 100% effort in when Exeter come to town.


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