The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mark Mudie

PORTSMOUTH boss Kenny Jackett backed Ja­mal Lowe to go on a scor­ing spree af­ter his dou­ble helped the south coast side gun down Fleet­wood.

Lowe scored five times in the fi­nal five games of last sea­son but these were his first goals of this cam­paign.

The 23-year-old and strike part­ner Brett Pit­man both net­ted twice as Pom­pey ran riot at Frat­ton Park.

Jackett said: “Fleet­wood are a good team and caused us prob­lems. We had to de­fend well and we did that.

“They were fine mar­gins and the dif­fer­ence was our fin­ish­ing.

“We were very clin­i­cal as you need to be if you want to be a top team and for Lowe and Pit­man to get two goals apiece is very en­cour­ag­ing.

“Ja­mal has had plenty of shots and plenty of chances this sea­son so it should en­cour­age him a lot now he has put a cou­ple away.

“I am pleased he has kept go­ing and get­ting him­self in those po­si­tions. He has to keep work­ing but he has ter­rific po­ten­tial and I think he can pro­duce a rapid rate of im­prove­ment.”

Fleet­wood could have taken the lead af­ter just five min­utes when Cian Bol­ger some­how man­aged to put a free header over the cross­bar from six yards.

Lowe and Conor Chap­lin both came close to break­ing the dead­lock as Pom­pey be­gan to dom­i­nate pro­ceed­ings.

Cap­tain Pit­man pro­vided the goal the home side de­served with a fly­ing header four min­utes be­fore half-time from Nathan Thomp­son’s cor­ner.

What­ever Uwe Rosler said at the break had the de­sired ef­fect though as Fleet­wood hit back within seven min­utes of the re-start.

Lewie Coyle headed Ge­orge Glen­don’s cen­tre across goal and De­vante Cole thumped in an un­stop­pable vol­ley from 12 yards.

But the visi­tors’ cel­e­bra­tions were cut short when Lowe nod­ded Pom­pey back in front just five min­utes later.

Lowe claimed his se­cond, and Pom­pey’s third, 20 min­utes from time with a su­perb solo ef­fort – pick­ing the ball up just in­side the visit­ing half be­fore burst­ing through and fir­ing home from an un­likely an­gle.

Pit­man then proved that any­thing Lowe can do, he can do bet­ter with a stun­ning 25yard strike to put the re­sult be­yond doubt.

Fleet­wood’s mis­ery was com­plete when Kyle Dempsey was sent off for a se­cond book­ing five min­utes from time.

Visit­ing man­ager Rosler said: “We should have been 1-0 up, then we can­celled each other out and then Pom­pey took a lit­tle con­trol.

“I was dis­ap­pointed at the first goal but in the se­cond half we fought back well and scored a great goal.

“We de­fended badly for the first two goals. We are a young side and I take pos­i­tives from how we played at times but Pom­pey de­served the points at the end.

“We will look to get it right go­ing for­ward.

“I am not sur­prised but I would have liked to have seen a lit­tle more steel.”

PIC­TURES: PSI/Adam Rivers

LOWE-DOWN: Pom­pey’s Ja­mal Lowe cel­e­brates scor­ing a headed goal, inset, to make it 2-1

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