Pompey defender refuses to rest on laurels

Joe Devera. Picture: Joe Pepler
Joe Devera. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett Picture: Joe Pepler

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Joe Devera feels there is still room for improvement, despite a succession of consistent displays this season.

The versatile Pompey defender admits he struggled to produce his best last term in a defence that was leaking goals at the start of the campaign.

It perhaps didn’t help the former Swindon defender that he was usually the man who was shifted from his preferred position in the centre when injuries or suspensions kicked in.

But the Blues have been a far tougher nut to crack so far this season and Devera has been a key part of that with some solid performances in the centre of defence.

And he has paid tribute to his team-mates in shaking off their problems from last term.

Devera said: ‘I feel like I am playing better than last season but I still feel like there is a lot to improve.

‘There is always room for improvement.

‘If the team is playing well, it’s going to look better on you because you are keeping clean sheets.

‘Having good players around you makes you look good to a certain extent but we all have our jobs to do.

‘I feel I have settled in more 
to being at the club and that 
helps.

‘But the main thing is the team as a whole has pulled together.’

While Devera hinted it also helps being able to play in his preferred role, he remains happy to do a job at right-back.

He said: ‘Centre-back is where I want to play and that’s where I feel I will be at my best.

‘That’s where I have always wanted to play and hopefully I will be able to keep my position.

‘I’ve played most of my games at centre-back but I’ve played a lot at right-back as well.

‘If I need to do a job there, I wouldn’t hesitate.’

Devera also believes Pompey are well capable of earning a result against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park tomorrow (12.05pm).

He said: ‘We’ve had some very good performances away from home but a couple of things haven’t gone our way.

‘Maybe we haven’t created as much as we would at home but I think we still look a good team and we look a threat.

‘It’s a big game for us.’