Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has stated that his squad are capable of becoming a ‘winning force’ in League One, despite their less-than-impressive start to the season, in an interview with BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey have had an underwhelming start to their League One campaign, winning just one of their opening five league games following their promotion from League Two last season.

Their season reached a low point yesterday, when they were beaten at home by Jackett’s former side Rotherham United, a first away win in 27 matches for the Millers.

Nevertheless, the 55-year-old is confident that Pompey can turn their fortunes around, and become a ‘winning force’ in this division.

Following their loss to Rotherham at Fratton Park, Jackett told BBC Radio Solent:

“In a battling game we missed key changes and didn’t get a penalty appeal our way, that’s how close it’s been.

“We’ve had some close games, but we want to improve and want to be a winning force in this division.”

Jackett handed debuts to three of Pompey’s four transfer deadline day signings yesterday – Oliver Hawkins, Stuart O’Keefe and Matty Kennedy – as fellow summer signing Nathan Thompson came off the bench to make his first appearance for the hosts. The quartet were unable to prevent a frustrating defeat, however, as Rotherham’s Jon Taylor scored the only goal of the game.

The Portsmouth boss is, however, optimistic that his new signings will come to the fore over the coming weeks:

“I thought all four of them looked bight, but we’ve got to work them into the team where we can get them to be more effective.”

Portsmouth’s next match is a trip to AFC Wimbledon this Saturday.

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