Devera: Pompey did enough to win

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Pompey did enough to have left Victoria Park with three points.

That is the verdict of Joe Devera, who is convinced the Blues deserved more than the goalless draw they shared with Hartlepool.

Saturday represented a familiar scoreline for Pompey, who have now drawn 0-0 on their past three visits to their League Two rivals.

For the Pools, it was a precious point in their battle to remain in the Football League and enough to lift them out of the bottom two.

As for Andy Awford’s side, they rose into eighth spot, kept out of the play-offs only on goal difference.

Yet they had the opportunity to reap so much more from their visit to the north east, particularly in the first half.

The visitors failed to capitalise on an impressive opening 30 minutes attacking their noisy 501 away supporters.

And Devera believes Awford’s side were worthy of a win.

He said: ‘We definitely should have won.

‘There were a good few chances, a couple of clear-cut ones, while we were in control the whole game up until the end.

‘I thought we dominated the majority of the game. It was just in the last 10 minutes where they came on top of us.

‘If we had scored that first goal we would have just closed the door on our net. I just don’t think they would have come through us.

‘I can remember Paul Jones coming out and catching a few balls but he didn’t have too much to do.

‘We created some chances and felt comfortable as a team. I thought we were just missing a goal and were unfortunate not to get one.

‘It would have been good to get the three points, but we have taken a point away from home so that’s a positive for me.’

At the other end of the pitch, it was a second clean sheet in three games for the Blues.

Once again fielding three central defenders – with Devera one of them – they rarely looked like being breached.

The biggest examination from Colin Cooper’s men arrived in the last 10 minutes when they stepped up the pressure in search of the much-needed breakthrough.

They failed, of course, as Jones barely had a shot to deal with.

The result was a goalless draw to accompany the visits of Guy Whittingham’s team in 2012-13 and that of caretaker boss Awford in the 2013-14 season.

And Devera was pleased with how the side coped defensively, particularly in the final moments of the League Two fixture.

He added: ‘The wind helped them, they played with the conditions, their sub (Marlon Harewood) came on and changed it a bit, especially in the last 10 minutes.

‘Other than that I felt we were in control, we looked quite comfortable.

‘We have kept a few clean sheets with that formation. We were solid again on Saturday and have been solid as a team, not just a back three.

‘Not only defenders keep clean sheets, it’s as a team and everyone pitching in as a squad, so everyone deserves credit for that.

‘We could have won but a clean sheet is also a positive and we will take that in our next match (against York).’