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Raggett: Looking For The Right Level

Defender discusses the importance of pre-season friendlies

15 July 2019

Sean Raggett
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Results are not necessarily a crucial component of pre-season fixtures.

But Sean Raggett is still pleased that Pompey have started the summer with successive victories at UCD and Havant & Waterlooville.

They thrashed the Irish outfit 11-0 before a much closer 2-1 triumph over the Hawks at the weekend.

A Blues XI will now visit Bognor on Tuesday evening, while the first team head to Stevenage on Saturday.

And Raggett wants to see the team continuing to build towards their opening League One match next month.

The summer signing said: “We’ll be looking to improve with each game, so that we’re at the right level when we go to Shrewsbury.

“I said when I signed that promotion was the aim. We’ve got strength in depth here, so it has to be the goal.

"We’ll be looking to improve with each game, so that we’re at the right level when we go to Shrewsbury."

Sean Raggett

“So you need these friendlies to be able to build partnerships with the other defenders and I feel like we’re getting there.

“A big thing is to get through without picking up an injury, while also trying to get closer to where we want to be for the start of the season.

“But you don’t become a professional footballer without having a winning mentality – whether that’s for a league game or a friendly.”

Goals from Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman secured a win at Westleigh Park and Raggett was impressed with the hosts.

He said: “It was a really good test for us at this stage of pre-season and we definitely had to up our levels.

“I remember a few of their players from when I used to be in this league. They’ve got a good group and I’m expecting them to do well next term.”

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