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Whose Goal Is It Anyway?

Bolton claims credit for late leveller against Plymouth

6 February 2021

James Bolton celebrates scoring for Pompey against Plymouth Argyle at Fratton Park
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

James Bolton and Sean Raggett both ran away to celebrate after charging in to convert Marcus Harness’ cross at Fratton Park.

The goal completed Pompey’s comeback from two goals down, coming just a few seconds after substitute Ronan Curtis had reduced their deficit against Plymouth.

But who actually put the ball into the net? With replays proving inconclusive, both players were claiming the final touch as they left Fratton Park.

And Bolton is adamant that he should be credited with a first goal of the 2020/21 campaign rather than his fellow centre-back.

He said: “It was definitely me. I’ve seen the cross coming in and I’ve just nodded it in and then Raggs has said: ‘Is that mine or yours?’

“I didn’t even know that he was around me. He’s still saying it’s his, but I’m pretty confident that it’s mine. I’ve definitely headed something!

“On the pitch I kept saying to the lads to keep sticking the ball in because you never know what can happen.

"He’s still saying it’s his, but I’m pretty confident that it’s mine. I’ve definitely headed something!"

James Bolton

“We were able to show a lot of character and put Plymouth under some real pressure to come back and get a point.

“There were a lot of chances in the first half and we should have capitalised on them, while we had plenty of corners.

“It’s all very well being on top, though, you have to finish off those opportunities and score some goals.”

Bolton had not featured in a league game this season heading into February, but has impressed in two appearances this month.

He said: “I’m absolutely buzzing. It’s the best feeling to be out there playing competitive football and something that you can take for granted.

“I was supposed to be playing in the Charlton game last Saturday and was gutted when it was called off because I thought the chance was gone.

“But I was in the team on the Tuesday and have then been able to carry that on against Plymouth with Rasmus and Jack both out.”

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