ROSLER’S MEN LEFT FEELING SO LOWE
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.”
LOWE-DOWN: Pompey’s Jamal Lowe celebrates scoring a headed goal, inset, to make it 2-1