Kenny Jacket has offered some advice to Ross McCrorie, as quoted by The Portsmouth News.

The 21-year-old midfielder is currently playing under Jackett on loan at Pompey in EFL League One.

Jackett is aiming for promotion following the play-off heartbreak of 2018/19. (Photo bt Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, his stint got off to a horror start on Saturday, with the blue nose given his marching orders in a 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury.

The hosts took the lead after 68 minutes through a screamer from Ryan Giles, before McCrorie picked up a second bookable offence with nine minutes remaining.

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“I asked if he caught him and he said he did,” explained Jackett, as quoted by the Portsmouth News. “He’s put the referee in a position to be able to give him a second yellow.”


“It’s a learning experience for him. Frustration can’t be shown like that because it’s put us down to 10 men and now he’s going to miss a game.”


It was a poor start to the campaign for promotion-chasing Portsmouth and a horror competitive debut for McCrorie. He’s an impressive and combative midfielder, but it seems he overstepped the mark at the weekend.

McCrorie rarely shies away from a tackle in the middle of the park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Fortunately for him, though, he will not miss any league fixtures. As the dismissal was for a double booking rather than a straight red, he only faces a one-game ban which will be served when his adopted side takes on Birmingham City in the first round of the League Cup on Tuesday evening.

McCrorie probably envisaged his EFL bow panning out a little differently, but he’s got lots of time to make up for it. Greg Docherty made 50 appearances during his stint in the English third tier last season, so there’ll be ample opportunities to make a more positive impression.

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