KENNY Jackett has told his misfiring squad that they must ‘back themselves’ to hit the target and score the goals that he hopes can drive Portsmouth up the League One table.
Jackett’s men continue to struggle this season, with Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Wimbledon their fourth league reverse of the campaign – the vociferous away support making their feelings clear to the manager at the final whistle.
Despite the pressure on Jackett intensifying week by week, the manager believes his side have played well in their last two games but have lacked an end product.
“Perseverance is key, but we’ve played quite well in our past two fixtures – particularly in the first half,” said Jackett ahead of the midweek visit of Lincoln to Fratton Park.
“We need to keep working hard and play with confidence, backing ourselves to be clinical when we get into good situations. That’s been the message to the players.
“The overall situation at the moment is obviously very disappointing and nobody feels that more than me. But we’ve got a really big week ahead and we need continue the things we’re doing well, although the bottom line is results.”
Pompey may have played two games less than most of their opponents but their goals scored record is poor – the second worst in the league after crisis club Bolton.
Fans have had little to cheer this season and have instead vented their anger on the manager, many questioning his tactics and his substitutions.
“I fully appreciate that the fans are entitled to voice their opinion – and I do share their frustration at the moment,” added Jackett.
“We’ve shown some promise in recent weeks, but we need to capitalise on that and make sure we actually get over the line.”
• Pompey were handed a tricky FA Cup first round test with a trip to National League side Harrogate Town. The game will be played on the weekend of November 8-11.