Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett praised the performance of his young side in securing victory at Fleetwood.

Pompey netted in each half courtesy of Jamal Lowe and Oli Hawkins, which saw them move to within two points of the top six.

And despite a frantic Fleetwood fightback in the closing stages, Jackett felt his side were worthy of securing a maximum haul.

The Blues boss told the club website “We had our usual late heart-attack, although it was a magnificent strike from McAleny and it gave them hope.

“But I felt that we deserved the win overall. We had a lot of control, even if I felt we would need that second goal.”

“Adam May had a long-range shot that hit the post and there was one cleared from the line at the start of the second half.”

“You wondered if one of those might have cost us, but ultimately they didn’t. There was a good spirit among the players and I was delighted with the win.”

“We grew into the game and got an excellent goal. You have to get your wide men going against a back three and we did that.”

“Jamal was very effective – he shows plenty of desire to wear that Pompey shirt and perform well for us.”

Portsmouth’s list of injury and suspension absentees included Brett Pitman, Gareth Evans, Nathan Thompson, Stuart O’Keefe and Stephen Henderson.

Due to this Pompey had to field a starting line-up with an average age of under 23, while 21-year-old Matt Clarke was stand-in skipper.

Jackett said: “With Henderson, O’Keefe, Rose, Pitman, Evans and Thompson, it’s six very experienced players we were missing.

“But we still had a very balanced team. Adam came in and played very well – I was delighted with him and his partnership with Ben Close.”

“It was a young side, but they showed plenty of promise at a time where we really needed to get going.”

“Matt deserved the armband on his performances. He’s committed his future to us with a new contract and earned it.”

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