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Jackett joy as defending champions Portsmouth book place in Leasing.com Trophy Final

“We never lost the morale, heart or spirit"

19 February 2020

After sealing their place in this season’s Leasing.com Trophy Final, Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett says it was his teams heart and spirit that saw them come overcome Exeter City in dramatic fashion.

Five goals in 15 second-half minutes saw Pompey go from staring at a 2-1 defeat to celebrating a famous 3-2 victory at Fratton Park, as goals from Cameron McGheean and John Marquis wrapped up the win, and Jackett says he is looking forward to leading his side out at Wembley once again. 
 
“It was an up and down game and for one moment I didn’t think it was going to be our day, but we gave a good performance and I am pleased with the players, we showed that little bit of belief at the end that carried us over the line,” he said. 
 
“We never lost the morale, heart or spirit that we’ve built in that dressing room, that gave us the platform to go on and make sure that we nicked the win in front of our fans. 
 
“Whenever you take your side to Wembley as a manager you should be proud of it and I’ll certainly be looking forward to it let me tell you, a Wembley appearance is always one to look forward too and one we should be proud of.” 
 
A stunner from Jake Taylor and an own goal from Christian Burgess put the Grecians in a promising position before that spectacular ending, and Jackett was quick to praise the Sky Bet League Two outfit. 
 
“Exeter did fantastic, it was a really good performance from them, you can see the type of season that they are having it is a good one and you could see in the second half that we were struggling to make the breakthrough let alone score three goals. 
 
“So our perseverance paid off in the end, we had many opportunities throughout the game, which we didn’t take until late on but they came our way and we eventually took them when we needed to.” 

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