Midfielder prepared to put Blues first

On-loan Pompey midfielder Therry Racon
On-loan Pompey midfielder Therry Racon

Therry Racon has promised to curb his attacking instincts for the greater good.

The Frenchman, on an initial one-month loan from Millwall, impressed on his home debut for Pompey in a midfield role during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Carlisle.

But while the ex-Charlton man is eager to show what he can do in an advanced position, he understands exactly why caretaker boss Guy Whittingham would currently prefer him to concentrate on the defensive aspects of his game.

Racon said: ‘To be honest, I can play anywhere in midfield.

‘I prefer to play in the centre of midfield but I can play on the left or the right – anywhere the manager wants me to play.

‘If I was to choose, I would play a bit more attacking.

‘I can do the holding role but feel more comfortable attacking and trying to create some stuff for my team-mates.

‘When you are in a situation like we are, you can’t look for yourself or think about personal stuff.

‘I know we are on a bad run so we have to stay solid first and then try to build.

‘Maybe after we are unbeaten for five or six games and get a couple of wins, we could try to play a bit more football.

‘But at the moment the situation is that we need some points and we needed to stop losing. So I understand that we have to do this.’

The 28-year-old Racon played just one game last season for Millwall after an ankle injury ruled him out for the campaign. But he believes he’s starting to rediscover his match sharpness.

‘Last season I had an injury nightmare but I was fit at the start of this season,’ he said.

‘It might take me one or two more games to really show what I am good at.

‘But I felt much, much better against Carlisle.

‘It was my third game and hopefully I can be here longer to show what I am about.

‘I’m really happy Portsmouth have given me an opportunity because I was out for a year with an ankle injury. Not a lot of clubs would give me this opportunity.’

Racon, who came through the youth ranks at Marseille, is out of contract in the summer and admits he would be tempted to stay at Fratton Park next season.

But for the time being he’s eager to get some games under his belt and see out the campaign at Pompey.

‘My contract is up this summer,’ added Racon.

‘I haven’t looked that far ahead yet. But I hope it could work out for me here.

‘We will have to see but I would definitely like to be here for the rest of the season.

‘I’m enjoying my football now and I hope I can extend it for another month and then to the end of the season. That’s what I’m looking for.

‘Portsmouth is a big club and always will be.

‘It’s in a very bad situation but we have to focus on what happens on the pitch.

‘We can’t worry about what’s going on outside and we have to let others do this.’