Portsmouth unsung heroes praised after third successive League One clean sheet against Sunderland
Kenny Jackett heaped praise on James Bolton and Sean Raggett after overcoming ‘stuttering starts’ to their Pompey careers.
The duo have firmly established themselves in the Blues’ starting line-up and caught the eye in Saturday’s League One victory over Sunderland.
Bolton, who signed a three-year deal after arriving from Shrewsbury in June, doubled Pompey’s advantage in the second half after Christian Burgess broke the deadlock on 25 minutes.
On-loan Norwich centre-back Raggett, meanwhile, played a key role in Jackett's troops recording a third successive league clean sheet.
Both were confined to the treatment table during the formative stage of the campaign and took time to get up to speed.
But Jackett’s been impressed with how the pair have been performing with a consistent run of games under their belts.
The boss said: ‘James has scored a couple of keys goals at Fleetwood and then on Saturday.
'For James and for Sean Raggett, there were stuttering starts to their Pompey careers with niggling injuries.
‘Both of them now over a matter of months have got their heads down, played consistently and built confidence.
‘I’m pleased James scored and he compliments Steve Seddon very well in a back-four unit that is playing quite well.
‘It's good to see where if it doesn’t go right for you at the club at the start.
‘James did his ankle on the opening day of the season against Shrewsbury – it was one of his mates, Shaun Whalley, as well.
‘That happens anyway and he’s been able to come through it, got some rhythm and gained some confidence.’