Pic: CameraSport – Andrew Vaughan
LINCOLN CITY boss Danny Cowley praised central defender Sean Raggett for playing through the pain barrier and heading the Imps closer to the National League title.
Although Cowley’s side were indebted to some crucial saves from dependable number one Paul Farman, Raggett grabbed the headlines with the winner at Eastleigh on Saturday.
The centre-half, who also scored the only goal at Premier League Burnley in the FA Cup, has scored some important goals this season but his header in Hampshire might turn out to be the biggest.
With Tranmere thrashing Solihull Moors 9-0 and cutting down the Imps’ superior goal difference, Lincoln needed a response.
And they showed they had the teeth for the battle, even if Raggett didn’t. In the first half he had blood spilling from his mouth that required lengthy treatment.
But his desire to carry on for his team showed the spirit needed in a champion. And he was rewarded 14 minutes from time as he headed in the winner.
Cowley was full of praise for the former Dover man after the final whistle, saying: “If you have a look at his mouth his front tooth is hanging off.
“Lesser men would have come off in that moment. But Raggs showed everything about him and why he’s destined for big things because he not only defended resolutely and helped us keep a clean sheet, he goes and grabs the winner with his head. That’s what the man is.”
Raggett posted a picture of his mouth after the game although it is advised to be cautious before viewing, especially if you’re eating…
— Sean Raggett (@SeanRaggett) April 8, 2017