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DEVERA: CLEAN SHEETS ARE KEY

10 February 2015

Defender happy with another shut-out

Pompey’s defence have been in a mean-spirited mood over the past few weeks.

A goalless draw at Dagenham & Redbridge means that they have now kept three successive clean sheets.

The Victoria Road clash was short on excitement, with neither side creating any clear-cut openings.

But Joe Devera – who shone as part of a back three for the Blues – was pleased with a solid rear-guard effort.

He said: “It wasn’t a thrilling game, but I think it’s a positive result for us to take a point away from home.

“That’s three clean sheets in a row now and two of those have come on the road.

“We had quite a few chances in the first half and the sides cancelled each other out after the break.

“Jamie Cureton got in a couple of times for them, but apart from that they didn’t create too much.

“Paul Jones hasn’t really had too much to do in the last few games, although he’s always very solid when the ball does get through to him.

“The clean sheet doesn’t just come from the back three – it’s the whole team. The strikers are working very hard and can take a lot of credit as well.

“When you don’t concede it gives you a massive platform to work off in your next game.”

Dagenham keeper Mark Cousins enjoyed a quiet evening, although he was called into action to deny Devera just before the break. 

The centre-back said: “I was just trying to flick a Danny Hollands throw towards the goal and he unfortunately he managed to keep it out.”

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