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The main talking points from Jackett’s Portsmouth press conference ahead of FA Cup clash with Barnsley

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This Saturday sees Portsmouth aim to book their place in the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since the 2009-10 season as they take on Barnsley at Fratton Park.

Ahead of the important clash between the sides, Kenny Jackett faced the press on Thursday afternoon, discussing a selection of topics.

The main talking point on the agenda was the upcoming game this Saturday, and Jackett is well aware of its importance to the club and the supporters.

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“I understand the financial aspect of it has to be considered, but for the guys at the training ground it’s just about progressing,” the Portsmouth manager said.

“These cup ties are one-off games and players can produce big performances against sides from a few levels up. That’s the appeal of them.”

Portsmouth are taking on a team one division higher than them in Barnsley, but the Tykes go into the tie with two defeats in succession.

However, Jackett is prepared for the challenge.

“Barnsley have been very good since the new manager’s been in there and looked effective, especially going forward,” he said.

“But these cup ties are one-off games and players can produce big performances against sides from a few levels up. That’s the appeal of them.”

Jack Whatmough made his long awaited return for Pompey on Tuesday night against Scunthorpe after almost a year out with a knee injury, and Jackett was full of praise for the 23-year-old.

“He played well and it didn’t look like he’d been out for nearly a year – which is credit to him.”

“I thought he handled the game impressively and didn’t let anyone down, but we obviously have to be sensible with him,” he added.

Finally, on the transfer front, Jackett stated that he does not expect to see any further business at the club before next Friday’s deadline.

Speaking to BBC Solent’s Andrew Moon, Jackett said that he’d be “surprised” if there are any moves in or out in the coming days.


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