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Bazunu: Credit Shared For Clean Sheets

Keeper enjoyed another shut-out at Cambridge

3 January 2022

Dennis Goodwin
Photo: Dennis Goodwin

Pompey’s 10-match unbeaten run in the league has yielded an impressive seven clean sheets.

And Gavin Bazunu has not allowed the ball to pass into his net in any of the past five third tier contests.

The latest of those shut-outs came in the Blues’ opening fixture of 2022 – a goalless draw at Cambridge.

Bazunu was called into action on a few occasions, but believes the whole team deserve credit for their impregnable form.

The on-loan Manchester City keeper said: “It’s always really pleasing to keep a clean sheet and it shows how solid we’ve been defensively.

“But the disappointing thing is that we haven’t been able to collect all three points, especially because Cambridge went down to 10 men in the second half.

"It’s always really pleasing to keep a clean sheet and it shows how solid we’ve been defensively."

Gavin Bazunu

“We had a lot of control in that game, but just weren’t able to stay patient enough to create our chances.

“Sometimes it can make it even more difficult when a side gets a player sent off because they sit behind the ball and look to hit you on the break.

“But we’re 10 games unbeaten in the league and are in a really strong place – and just have to keep that solidity.

“The whole team can take credit for our defensive record because we’re a high pressing team and our attackers are our first defenders.”

Bazunu capped a fine 12 months by being named the Republic of Ireland’s ‘Young Sportsperson of the Year’ before Christmas.

He said: “It was a massively proud moment for me and my family, especially when you see some of the names who have previously won the award.

“So now I’m really just looking to remain focused, kick on and keep trying to improve throughout 2022.”


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