The battle's on between Portsmouth defenders as Sean Raggett goal sees set-piece specialists strike again at Tranmere
Sean Raggett warned Chistian Burgess he’s out to take his status as Pompey’s goalscoring defender.
Raggett grabbed his maiden Blues goal in the 2-0 victory at Tranmere as Kenny Jackett’s side once again showcased their set-piece prowess.
The finish means 11 of the past 18 finishes produced from Pompey in open play have come from free-kicks or corners.
It’s an impressive return which Burgess has contributed to with his recent upturn in goalscoring form.
But, after scoring nine goals for Lincoln in the 2016-17 campaign, Raggett joked he’s out to overtake his team-mate on Pompey’s goal chart.
Raggett said: ‘Hopefully that will goal will set me off with a few more.
‘Burge has got a few and I’ve got a little bit of catching up to do on him.
‘There’s a bit of banter flying around in the dressing room about me chasing him. It’s all good fun.
‘But we’re all a team and the players are buzzing for whoever scores.
‘I’ve always pitched in a few goals. Hopefully I can start to do that again.
‘I’ve scored nine goals in a season before at Lincoln the year we went up.
‘I’ve definitely got goals in my locker so I want to help with scoring and get a few more.
‘I’ve had a few chances so it was nice to put that one away.’
Raggett explained how there’s a conviction Pompey can hurt their opponents from set-piece situations at present and he’s has strong personal belief he can threaten in those scenarios.
The defender feels the Blues have much to thank Steve Seddon and Ronan Curtis for, with their deliveries a key factor in the upturn in threat from dead balls.
It was Curtis who put another peach of a delivery in at Prenton Park for the 26-year-old to nod his side in front.
Raggett added: ‘They’ve both got a really delivery and that’s the most important thing with free-kicks.
‘We’ve got some big lads and if the delivery is right, which it has been, we’ll score goals.
‘Every time I go up for a corner or free-kick I feel like I’m going to score.
‘It’s been like that even when I haven’t been scoring.
‘You have to have that positivity.’