Racon: Manager’s faith in me is key

Therry Racon stops Tranmere danger-man Abdulai Bell-Baggie   Picture: Barry Zee
Therry Racon stops Tranmere danger-man Abdulai Bell-Baggie Picture: Barry Zee
Smoke bombs were let off during Pompey's match against Charlton today. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Therry Racon thanked Guy Whittingham for showing faith in him and promised: There’s more to come from me.

Racon delivered another impressive performance as he starred in yesterday’s 1-0 success over promotion-chasing Tranmere.

The Frenchman helped make it three wins on the bounce at Fratton Park and extended the Blues’ unbeaten run on home soil to five games over two months.

Racon underlined his improving form with a fine showing, including some eye-catching moments of quality.

The 28-year-old has responded well to Guy Whittingham’s demand to produce more on the front foot for his team.

Racon, who is on loan from Millwall, believes the Blues caretaker boss is getting the best out of him.

And he spoke of his appreciation for the confidence Whittingham has shown in him by giving him an extended run in the middle of the park.

Racon said: ‘My performance (against Tranmere) was okay.

‘But I believe that I can do better than what I did.

‘I’m improving all the time at the moment.

‘It was a hard win but we stuck together from the first minute to the last. It’s good to have a clean sheet. When we do that we know we have some players to score goals.

‘I spoke with the manager before the game and he can see I’m getting fitter.

‘The manager believes in me and he believes in my ability.

‘I’m happy that he has given me this confidence, so now I hope to give him back good performances between now and the end of the season.

‘I’m someone who is never happy, though, and there is always work to do. So I think there is more to come from me.’

Racon revealed he had been instructed by Whittingham to show more going forward for Pompey.

Whittingham wants to see the former Charlton man have more attacking intent.

That has certainly been evident in the past couple of games for the Blues.

Racon went close with one second-half effort yesterday, with his team in the ascendancy after David Connolly’s 53rd-minute winner.

The player is on the look out for his maiden Pompey goal after 13 appearances for the side.

Racon is keen to see that arrive, but is not putting too much pressure on himself to hit the back of the net.

Instead, he’s happy all the time the points are arriving for the Blues.

‘I’m confident and now I just need a goal,’ said Racon.

‘The manager knows my game, so he told me to get some more shots off.

‘Perhaps I need more shots because that is my game.

‘Let’s see if it happens now for me.

‘But I’m really happy. I just don’t want to force it.

‘I just want to get points for the team. If that happens I’ll be happy.

‘Me and Johnny Ertl are going for goals but I told Johnny we have to be careful because we both moved forward at times and there was a big space.

‘But if I don’t score before the end of the season and we get out of the bottom four I will be happy.

‘It’s not about Therry Racon scoring. I just want to play and get points for the club.’