Portsmouth boss Jackett takes his hat off to Close

Posted Sunday, August 11, 2019 by PA

Portsmouth boss Jackett takes his hat off to Close

Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett hailed Ben Close’s wonder-strike as his side beat Tranmere 2-0 to pick up their first league win of the season.

Close scored a stunning 30-yard volley days after netting from a similar range against Birmingham in the EFL Cup.

Jackett said: “It was a great goal, the goalkeeper made a couple of excellent saves but Ben hit it really true and it was a great finish into the top corner which set us on our way.

“I’m pleased with the first win; it’s been a good week for us with the League Cup win in the week. It was a solid performance but I feel there is more to come from the side as well.

“Up until the second goal we looked a little frustrated and there was frustration in the stadium, but the second goal settled it down very well.”

Close opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a thumping strike after Tranmere had only half-cleared a corner.

Tom Naylor’s close-range effort 15 minutes from time sealed the victory in front of more than 18,000 at Fratton Park.

Among the crowd was Hollywood actor Will Ferrell, a guest of Pompey’s American owners.

Jackett said: “I did meet Will Ferrell, he came into the dressing room and there was a lot of banter between himself and the team which was good-natured and genuinely funny.

“He said to the lads he thought they were offside too much. He’s a big, big star and we all got a photo with him and it’s terrific and good to see him here.”

Tranmere’s best chance came when Manny Monthe headed wide when unmarked at a corner, while Kieron Morris also forced a save from home goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray.

Rovers manager Micky Mellon said: “I’m disappointed to lose the game, we didn’t come just to take part.

“There were moments when we looked all right and passed it around well. There’s got to be a consistency from our performance over the course of the game.

“We lost the first goal and that’s a cracker, that’s some strike.

“Any opportunities we had to get into their final third we needed to have more composure and a little more quality.

“At times we showed signs and good moments but let ourselves down with a final pass or getting into a dangerous area or a corner.

“We know the difference in resources between the two clubs but we are here to give a good account of ourselves and prove ourselves when we come to places like this.”


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