ALL-ACTION Ben Davies has pledged not to take his foot off the gas in a bid to drive Pompey out of League Two.
The 34-year-old made an instant Fratton Park impact on Saturday with an energetic display against Dagenham & Redbridge.
If you are slacking and not at it you will get found out and there are 17,000 fans there desperate for us to do well and we want to give them something back as much as we canBen Davies
Playing at right-back, his finest moment arrived in the dying minutes when his determination to keep running the length of the pitch to close down the Daggers’ keeper earned an ovation.
Davies is tonight in the frame to retain his place in what is expected to be a much-changed Paul Cook side against Derby County in the Capital One Cup (7.45pm).
A former Rams player, it is a fixture he is relishing.
And the versatile performer insists he will once again be at full throttle.
He said: ‘Whatever is going on around you and regardless of how well you are playing, the one thing I always do is give everything I have got.
‘I try to be as energetic as much as I can. The way the gaffer plays, with that role (right-back) you have to get up and down and give the team a hand attacking-wise as well as defensively.
‘It’s important to be fit, otherwise you don’t play.
‘That moment with the keeper late on, I started on a run and just kept going with the momentum.
‘As I was getting further and further up to close them down, I thought “I’ve just got to keep going here” and it was getting louder and louder.
‘I kept looking back to see where the rest of the lads were but none of them were giving me a hand so I thought I would go and do it myself!
‘Luckily enough the keeper then kicked it out of play.
‘It’s one of the traits I think you’ve got to have, especially playing for a club like Portsmouth.
‘If you are slacking and not at it you will get found out, and there are 17,000 fans there desperate for us to do well and we want to give them something back as much as we can.
‘I know people say the fans are the 12th man and give you a lift, but sometimes you need the players to give the fans a lift.’
Tonight’s fixture sees Davies reunited with the club he served for three-and-a-half years, before leaving in 2014.
At the Rams he made 82 appearances and scored seven goals, before a switch to Sheffield United.
And he’s looking forward to meeting up with some old friends.
Davies added: ‘It will be nice to see everyone again – and would be great to turn them over.
‘My away debut for Derby was in February 2011 at Fratton Park in a 1-1 draw, when David Nugent scored a last-minute equaliser for Portsmouth.
‘The following season I was sat in the stands with a hamstring injury when Derby came here in a match which saw Portsmouth relegated, unfortunately.
‘I’ve played at Fratton Park a few times and love how compact the ground is.’