Ben Chorley has told Trevor Carson: Call me what you like, as long as we keep the goals out.
The new Blues skipper turned in his best display since arriving from Stevenage in the 1-0 success over AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.
It was a second clean sheet in his four games as Pompey continue their improvements in the bid to stem the flow of goals against them.
And while Chorley insists communication is key between the defence as they bid to continue that trend, he is thick-skinned enough to deal with whatever comes his way from the Pompey goalkeeper.
Chorley said: ‘Trev is always my first port of call.
‘He’s got the best view of everything, so whatever he tells me I will take as the Gospel.
‘He can call me whatever he likes on the pitch because we are all out there fighting for the same cause.
‘So we are not going to argue about it if he’s telling me where to go.
‘The main thing is that we all want to win the game and keep a clean sheet.’
The former Arsenal trainee has already shown he is prepared to take command at the back in his short time at the club.
And he has no plans to change his ways.
‘I probably talk too much sometimes,’ admitted Chorley.
‘I’m not a very loud person off the pitch.
‘I tend to like a bit of banter but I’m not one of those lairy characters.
‘But I’ve been taught from a young age to communicate on the pitch.
‘It’s part of the game I enjoy and it’s important in a successful team.’
While he is trying to avoid too many confrontations with his team-mates, Chorley has no problems engaging in some colourful conversation with opponents.
He said: ‘I like a bit of banter with the strikers during a game.
‘A couple of them have tried to have a row with me. But I’m used to that.
‘It’s the way you have got to be at times. It might put a few noses out of joint but I think your team-mates and your manager see it.
‘I have been known to go a bit overboard on occasions but you need to find a happy medium.’