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Raggett: This Group Will Get Stronger

Defender discusses draw with Lincoln

6 August 2022

Sean Raggett
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Pompey were full of attacking flair, but leaky at the back in last week’s opening day draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

But it was the other way round against Lincoln in the first Fratton fixture of the 2022/23 League One campaign.

Josh Griffiths enjoyed a quiet afternoon in the south coast sunshine, as the visitors failed to register a single shot on target.

The Blues did not cause Carl Rushworth too many problems either, though, and Sean Raggett felt more was needed to ensure the game did not finish goalless.

He said: “It’s a bit frustrating because I don’t think we quite got our game-plan right and we probably went a bit too direct.

“But this is a new group and there are still a lot of relationships developing, so the more time we spend together, the better understanding we’ll have.

“After conceding three goals at Sheffield Wednesday last week, it was nice to keep a clean sheet. It’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t find a winner.

"The squad is coming together and I think we’re in a stronger position than we found ourselves at this stage last season."

Sean Raggett

“We have to take the positives out of this game and then be ready to get straight back to work on the training pitch.

“The squad is coming together and I think we’re in a stronger position than we found ourselves at this stage last season.”

Raggett required an injection to feature at Hillsborough and is prepared to play through the pain barrier.

He said: “I feel good. I know I missed a chunk of pre-season, but physically I’ve kept myself in decent shape.

“Sunday morning was a tough one last week, but I can go through a bit of pain. There’s no worries about that.

“It hasn’t been affecting me too much and I just love being out there on the pitch. Everyone here would feel the same.

“You’ll often get a few players carrying knocks during the season, but you want to be helping the team.”


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