Kenny Jackett praises 'fantastic' Phil Parkinson but says Portsmouth should have scored more past Sunderland

Kenny Jackett has praised the job Phil Parkinson has done at Sunderland – but felt his Portsmouth side should have scored even more past them in the comfortable 2-0 win.

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 4:45 pm
Luke O'Nien gets a shot away in the 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth.

The two promotion contenders met at Fratton Park with the hosts running out comfortable winners, the Black Cats dropping out of the play-off places as the battle for promotion to the Championship intensifies.

Sunderland had gone into the game on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run and four straight clean sheets but they were second best in the second half and Jackett’s side eased to the three points.

As a result Portsmouth moved back into the play-offs and three points off the automatic promotion slots with two games in hand.

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The Pompey chief praised the job Parkinson has done in turning round Sunderland’s form in recent weeks after a disastrous start to his reign in charge at the Stadium of Light.

Reflecting on the victory, Jackett told The News: “The first half was 50-50 and lots of chances right from the start at both ends.

“We’ve scored a good goal from a terrific ball in from Ronan Curtis.

“In the second half I thought we were on top from start to finish through the half.

“I’ve got respect for Sunderland as a club and Phil Parkinson is doing a fantastic job there.

“But we didn’t let them back into the game. We got a goal, could’ve had more and it was deserved win.”

Sunderland host Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.