Devera: Set-piece errors costly for Pompey

Joe Devera. Picture: Joe Pepler
Joe Devera. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Pompey have won two of their 21 league away games this season
  • Defeat keeps them in 14th spot in League Two
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Joe Devera bemoaned Pompey’s set-piece suicide after slumping to defeat at Morecambe.

Following a productive Easter, Andy Awford’s side’s away troubles flared up again with a disappointing 3-1 loss.

It’s a set-play so it’s about digging in and making sure we don’t concede – all I can say is it needs to be better

Joe Devera

At the heart of the Globe Arena disappointment were two goals emanating from set-plays – both netted by Alex Kenyon.

The opener arrived in the 10th minute when the midfielder planted a near-post header past Paul Jones from a left-wing corner delivered by Jamie Devitt.

Then on 69 minutes another corner, this time from the left, produced a superb stop from Jones, only for Kenyon’s flying volley to register instead.

Substitute Conor Chaplin responded for the Blues, before Padraig Amond wrapped up a victory for the hosts.

And Devera – who partnered Nyron Nosworthy in the centre of defence – rued Pompey’s set-piece failures.

He said: ‘It was not really like us. Throughout the season we have dealt with set-pieces very well so to concede two in one game was really disappointing.

‘It killed us and took our momentum, especially with it being such an early goal as well.

‘In football anything can happen and we have to make sure we play right and that didn’t happen.

‘It’s a set-play so it’s about digging in and making sure we don’t concede – all I can say is it needs to be better.

‘The first half we had the wind with us yet they scored against the wind from a set-piece and I think that must have given them a lift.

‘It was not good enough for our standards, set-plays have killed us.’

Pompey had headed to Lancashire on the back of a Bank Holiday Monday victory over play-off chasing Plymouth Argyle.

Meanwhile, a last-gasp equaliser from Carlisle had prevented Awford’s troops from collecting a victory in their previous away trip.

But against the Shrimps, they managed only three shots on target all game.

And Devera admitted it was a disappointing result.

He added: ‘In the second half we came out and looked better, felt a lot better as well.

‘We pulled one back through Conor’s goal and were still pressing them and putting bodies forward, trying to go for it.

‘Then they got a third because we were all committed forward.

‘It was very disappointing going all that way, we should really be looking to beat Morecambe and haven’t.

‘We had gone there on the back of a win as well so were high on confidence. We need to be getting results there.’

– NEIL ALLEN