'Raggettinho' gives verdict on his new status as Portsmouth cult hero

Sean Raggett is happy to embrace his status as Pompey’s viral cult hero.

Tuesday, 25th February 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th February 2020, 8:00 am

But the defender is sure he won’t be getting too carried away by his growing standing among Blues fans.

Raggett’s popularity has soared after emerging from a testing start to the season which was impacted by injury issues.

The 26-year-old is now on an unbroken run of 18 starts and has played a key role in Pompey’s impressive form in 2020.

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Raggett’s displays have come to wider attention of late, with a clip of him putting Shrewsbury players on their backsides recently as he produced a tasty dragback shared widely online.

The ‘Raggett for England’ chants have been growing of late, too, while there’s been plenty of references to ‘Raggetinho’ on social media.

The man himself has no problem with going along with the joke as fans show their appreciation.

Sean Raggett. Photo by Daniel Chesterton

Raggett said: ‘I’ve seen some of the stuff on Instagram and what have you. It’s made me laugh.

‘It (the Shrewsbury dragback) was a natural one really, completely instinct. I didn’t think about it.

‘The lad was right in my face so there wasn’t a lot else I could do!

‘Any time I do anything like that it’s always instinctive.

‘It was nice that it came off. It wouldn’t have been good if it didn’t come off!

‘It’s nice when you see little things like that, but it’s all a bit of fun.

‘It’s enjoyable but I think I’ll just focus on playing.’

Despite being pleased with the praise he’s receiving, Raggett is adamant he won’t be getting too excited about the attention he’s getting at present.

It wasn’t so long ago it was a different story for the Norwich loanee, as he struggle with injuries earlier in the campaign.

The defender feels the run of games has everything to do with his upturn in fortunes.

He added: ‘I guess with the fan reaction you have to take it with a little pinch of salt.

‘It can change all the time. I’ve been playing long enough to know that.

‘The momentum has been good.

‘You need those games. We’ve had so many and that’s been nice for me personally that we’re playing every few days.

‘I feel I’m able to keep building from the games we’re playing.’