Jack­ett: I was set for re­play


PORTSMOUTH boss Kenny Jack­ett ad­mit­ted he’d have been more than happy to take a re­play against Rochdale as Sun­day’s FA Cup sec­ond round clash en­tered the clos­ing stages.

In the end, An­dre Green’s de­flected 90th minute goal proved enough to send Pom­pey through – but it was a tough tie for the vis­i­tors.

Jack­ett said: “I felt the first half we were the bet­ter side and I felt the sec­ond half Rochdale were.

“It looked liked our way and our path of pro­gress­ing in the Cup was to get a hard-earned draw here and then to take them back to Frat­ton Park, which, if you can’t win, I would have ac­cepted be­cause that’s the third time we have been here in re­cent months and it was al­ways go­ing to be a hard game – and it proved to be the case.

“It was quick think­ing from Lee Brown to take the free-kick and it’s great for An­dre to get his time with us up and ru­in­ing af­ter in­jury.

“Hope­fully this will re­ally kick-start his time with us.

“In our first-half pe­riod, when we were up, we weren’t as clin­i­cal as we usu­ally are and didn’t give us the lead to go for.

“We knew what to ex­pect com­ing here hav­ing beaten them in the league and they had a game plan for us to negate our threats,.

“Rochdale were al­ways go­ing to swing back into the game.

“You al­ways have to dig in, there are no easy wins, it doesn’t work that way, what­ever you earn.

“And so far this sea­son we’ve had a great run, we’ve lost one league game, that is ex­cel­lent.’

“I hope we can get one of the big boys in the next round so the play­ers can get some ex­pe­ri­ence of a higher stan­dard and the club can get some fi­nances that could help us progress.”

Chris Brun­skill

●●Josh Lil­lis played his 278th game for Rochdale, mov­ing him level with Neil Ed­wards as the goal­keeper with most ap­pear­ances

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