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Scouting Report - A look at Portsmouth

AHEAD of Saturday's FA Cup Fourth Round match against Portsmouth we take a look at the tactics behind the League One leaders.


Kenny Jackett

Age - 57

Previous clubs managed

Watford, Swansea, Millwall, Wolves and Rotherham

Career High-Point

Has won promotion with Swansea (from League Two), Millwall and Wolves (both from League One)

Preferred managerial style

A pragmatic approach, teams are usually defensively very well drilled.

Managerial record at Portsmouth

Games 91 Wins 49 Draws 13 Lost 29

Kenny Jackett’s record against QPR

Games 5 Wins 1 Draws 2 Lost 2

Formation and Tactical approach

Portsmouth play a 4-2-3-1 formation, operating with two out and out wingers, a target man up top and two central midfielders in the middle of the park. Jackett’s side usually deploys a number 10 just behind the frontman. Pompey almost always play with a flat back four with Jack Whatmough and Matt Clarke instrumental at the heart of their defence.

Last game and performance

Portsmouth made the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy with a narrow 1-0 win over League One side Peterborough. QPR player David Wheeler, who was playing his last game on loan for Jackett’s side, scored the winner five minutes from time.

Key Player

Ronan Curtis – With Pompey’s top goalscorer Jamal Lowe suspended much of the League One’s side creativity will come from the Irishman. He’s been in great form this campaign, coming off the left flank scoring nine goals and creating 11.

One to Watch

Ben Close – The young midfielder is very talented with the ball at his feet and has a great range of passing skills. He’s likely to start in central midfield alongside Tom Naylor.