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Bazunu: We Were Solid

Keeper pleased with clean sheet at Ipswich

12 March 2022

Gavin Bazunu
Photo: Malcolm Bryce

Gavin Bazunu was delighted with Pompey’s defensive fortitude at Portman Road.

A solid performance ensured the spoils were shared with Ipswich, with neither side able to break the deadlock.

The hosts dominated possession and created more chances, while they also saw a goal disallowed in the closing stages.

But Bazunu was well protected and was not overly troubled, as the Blues stretched their unbeaten run to eight games.

The keeper said: “I thought it was a really positive result for us in the end because we were under the cosh for the final 20 minutes or so.

“But we were really solid defensively and it was great to take a point away from home against a good side.

“In the first half I didn’t have too much to do, while there were a couple of saves after the break.

"It was important that we just remained solid, kept the clean sheet and ensured our unbeaten run is still going."

Gavin Bazunu

"But the rest was just good work from our back-line, the midfield and even the front three, who pressed really strongly.

“We wanted to cause Ipswich a few more problems, but with the size of the squad we’ve got at the moment, I think some players were feeling a bit leggy.

“The manager said well done afterwards, although we probably could have played with a bit more belief in the second half.

“It was important that we just remained solid, kept the clean sheet and ensured our unbeaten run is still going.

“A few months ago we wouldn’t have got a draw from this game, so there’s a pat on the back to say ‘well done’ and it was an important point.

“We’ve struggled at times this season and done well at other times, but at the moment the momentum is with us and we have to keep going.

“We’re looking solid at the back, but also – aside from this game – scoring a lot of goals. We want that to continue.”


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