The five key quotes from Kenny Jackett's post-Gillingham press conference
Kenny Jackett felt his Portsmouth side deserved their victory on Tuesday | Photo by Kevin Barnes -  CameraSport via GettyImages

Portsmouth came out on top against Gillingham in the two’s EFL League One encounter on Tuesday and dominated most of the proceedings at Priestfield.

Strikes from John Marquis and Michael Jacobs gave the hosts an early two-goal lead, and that was enough as Gillingham struggled to get a foot hold in the game.

After full-time, Pompey manager Kenny Jackett faced the press. Here are five of his key quotes following his side’s win.

On his side's deserved victory

"We are delighted with the performance and I thought we deserved to win."

Portsmouth were well worth their three points, particularly on their first half showing.

Despite some poor defending from Gillingham, both goals were taken really well, and they remained solid at the back.

The stats back up that theory, too; Portsmouth had 57% of possession and 15 shots to Gillingham’s 10, with seven on target to Gillingham’s three.

Not many would be able to argue that any other result would have been justified.

On Gillingham's positive start

"Overall, it is a really good performance – Gillingham have started the season well and put themselves in a really good position. It is never an easy place to come."

Gillingham have, or had, started the season well. They had three wins, a draw and a defeat from their first five games, which put them fourth in League One, but back-to-back defeats have seen the slide down the table to 12th.

Priestfield is a tough ground for opposition teams, especially when the home fans are in full voice. In the current climate, however, there are no home fans, and the fake crowd noise is, in truth, miles off the real thing.

Still, Portsmouth will be more than pleased with the result.

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On Portsmouth's attacking intent

"We had a balance of short passing options and long. In the second-half we didn’t use the front two enough, which would have given us even more chances, but it was generally a good performance."

Particularly in the first-half, Portsmouth found plenty of space in front of and in behind – with their long passing – Gillingham’s defence. Michael Jacobs’ goal came from a good counter attack after a longer pass, and other opportunities went amiss with balls in behind the Gillimgham defence.

As Jackett says, opportunities were more limited in the second period, but it was indeed, overall, a good performance from the visitors.

On his side's ruthlessness in front of goal

"If there is a criticism, we could have had more goals to make it comfortable. It did look like we needed the third."

Portsmouth dominated proceedings in the first-half and could have been more than one goal to the good, particularly when Tom Naylor struck the post towards the end of the first period.

They had chances in the second period, too. Marcus Harness produced a good save out of Jack Bonham late on, and, in a way, it was lucky for Portsmouth that the third goal wasn’t needed, because a few chances were wasted.

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As Jackett says, Pompey’s finishing is perhaps the only criticism that can be given of their performance.

On his forward options

"We have good options there – we are pleased with that. Marcus Harness has started the season well; we are delighted with John Marquis’ performance and goal. That will lift him because it is goals that give forwards confidence."

Marquis was arguably only playing because of an injury to Ellis Harrison at the weekend, but he grabbed his chance with both hands and took his goal well.

He is a multi-million pound forward, and one of the best at this level, so Portsmouth would expect quality from him, and it seems he is ready to give them that.

Jackett will be hoping that his goal will propel him into form in the coming weeks.

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