Kenny Jackett upset with Portsmouth’s defending

Posted Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by PA

Kenny Jackett upset with Portsmouth’s defending

Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett blasted his side’s defending as they threw away a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 with nine-man Coventry.

Michael Rose grabbed an incredible last-gasp equaliser as the Sky Blues staged the most amazing of comebacks to preserve their unbeaten start to the season.

Jackett said: “There is huge frustration and disappointment because we were in a winning position and basically threw two points away.

“It is two points lost and two big points.

“We looked a very good side going forward but we were shaky defensively all the time. We need to improve that.

“As an attacking side we looked quite potent but we haven’t quite got time right at the back.

“We conceded from our own corner, gave a penalty away and a long throw. We need to not give away poor goals like that.”

Coventry took the lead after only three minutes when Jordy Hiwula fired into the roof of the net after the visitors had broken swiftly from defending a corner.

Portsmouth hit back through Ronan Curtis’ header just seven minutes later before John Marquis rounded off a fine team move to make it 2-1 two minutes before half time.

Gareth Evans cashed in on a mistake by Coventry defender Kyle McFadzean to add to Pompey’s advantage in the 56th minute before Fankaty Dabo was shown a second yellow card for handball.

Matt Gooden’s penalty 15 minutes from time reduced the deficit after Ben Close had fouled Liam Kelly.

The visitors’ comeback hopes looked dashed when substitute Gervane Kastaneer was sent off after picking up two yellow cards within 11 minutes after coming on.

But Rose turned in a long throw from 10 yards four minutes from time to claim the most unlikely of points.

Coventry manager Mark Robins said: “It was an outstanding point, especially after we went down to nine men. Or was it six or seven? I lost count.

“We defended better with nine men than we did with 11.

“We perhaps hit the ball too long in the first half and at 2-1 down at half-time I told them there was a need to keep the ball.

“But we have to accept we made mistakes yet what we did with 10 men and then nine men was nothing short of outstanding in the circumstances.

“It was a welcome point. One more than we got against them last season.

“I’m not happy with the sendings off. There’s been too many rubbish yellow cards. We can’t keep doing that. It’s a lesson we have to learn.”


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