This Saturday sees Shrewsbury Town make the long trip to the south coast to take on Portsmouth, who will be looking to bounce back from their midweek defeat to Coventry City.
Pompey’s nine-game winning run came to an end on Tuesday at St. Andrews, as they went down 1-0 to their fellow promotion challengers.
That defeat was a blow to their hopes of closing in on the top-two in the table, but Kenny Jackett’s side have a chance to put things right tomorrow afternoon in front of their own fans.
Ahead of the game, the Pompey boss spoke to the press to discuss a number of topics, starting off with what his side need to do better.
“You will see a lot of tight games at this stage of the season when you’ve already played so many fixtures,” Jackett told the club website.
“But for all the periods of dominance we have – and there are times we look a really strong team – we need to get more shots away.”
He also talked about Portsmouth’s upcoming opponents, who have lost just one of their last five games against the south coast side.
“We’ll look to do that against a Shrewsbury side who have a very good defensive record and look to be a solid unit,” Jackett said.
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With Storm Dennis hitting the UK’s shores over the weekend, Portsmouth may have to face up to playing in difficult conditions, but Jackett insists it won’t change his plan for the game.
“It will be the same for both teams and you have to get used to playing in different conditions and on different kinds of pitches,” he added.
“We don’t really focus on it too much, but you assess the situation at the time and make sure your attitude overcomes any problems.”