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Raggett Relief At Cup Winner

Defender discusses his FA Cup goal at Ipswich

7 November 2020

Sean Raggett celebrates scoring Pompey
Photo: Nigel Keene

It was Sean Raggett’s moment of glory, but the mood could quickly have turned sour.

The defender turned the ball over the line from close range after Rasmus Nicolaisen had nodded it towards the target.

It proved to the Emirates FA Cup winner for Pompey against Ipswich after they had earlier let a two-goal lead slip at Portman Road.

But the officials failed to notice that Raggett was in an offside position, much to the relief of the match-winner.

He said: “It was just an instinctive thing. The ball dropped and as soon as I hit it, I thought ‘maybe I shouldn’t have touched that’.

“Luckily it was given by the referee and of course it’s always nice when you can score the winning goal.

"The ball dropped and as soon as I hit it, I thought ‘maybe I shouldn’t have touched that’."

Sean Raggett

“We were in control and maybe we switched off a little bit to let them back in the game, but Ipswich have good players.

“But it was credit to our boys that we didn’t go under after they got their equaliser. We stuck at it and I thought there was only going to be one winner in extra-time.

“We’ve got a fit group here and with the additional time, I think that’s actually what helped us to win the tie.

“I feel fine and like I could keep playing 120 minutes every few days. I keep myself in good shape, just like the rest of the boys.”

Haji Mnoga came on in the second half to make his FA Cup debut and Raggett was impressed with the youngster.

He said: “I thought Haji did really well when he came on. He’s got everything physically, especially for such a young player.

“The experience he’s had lately will help him massively and he’s clearly going to be a really good player.”

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