Defensive praise from Pompey keeper after perfect debut

Trevor Carson. Picture: Joe Pepler
Trevor Carson. Picture: Joe Pepler

Trevor Carson surveyed a perfect Pompey debut and admitted: I don’t understand how this defence concedes so many goals.

The goalkeeping loan recruit from Bury was thrown straight in for his bow just 48 hours after arriving at Fratton Park.

The result was a comfortable 3-0 triumph for Guy Whittingham’s men over Rochdale and only their second clean sheet in the league so far this season.

In the process, Carson produced a finger-tip save in the first half and a stunning stoppage-time double stop in the second which drew an ovation from the Fratton faithful.

Afterwards the Irishman spoke of how he had been impressed with his new team-mates.

Although he was left scratching his head over how Whittingham’s back line had let in 18 goals in their previous nine League Two matches.

He said: ‘I couldn’t have dreamed it better.

‘A clean sheet at home, in front of this crowd and three points.

‘I thought the lads were outstanding.

‘I came here not really knowing what to expect.

‘I know the team obviously has some good players but was blown away with the standard.

‘We got in their faces from the off, got on top of them and played some great stuff at times.

‘I thought it was a very comfortable 3-0 victory.

‘I played Rochdale a few weeks ago for Bury and they are one of the better teams we have played this season.

‘I don’t see how so many goals have been conceded, honestly.

‘It’s baffling to me. The two big centre-backs were outstanding.

‘They won every header and they are young lads as well.

‘And the two experienced full-backs did well, especially Joe Devera who only came into the team on Friday because Easty was injured.

‘It’s good to have those two helping the two centre-halves and they were quality.

‘When I came in on Thursday, from speaking to the manager, obviously things haven’t been going great but you wouldn’t have known that on Saturday.

‘We didn’t give them a minute to settle and then when we did attack, I thought we did it with quality.

‘The set-pieces put in by Ricky Holmes were outstanding and we took full advantage of it.

‘We could have had a couple more if we had been more ruthless on the counter.

‘From the first minute, the lads felt they owed the fans big time from last week’s performance. And we know it’s only the start.

‘It will be worth nothing next week if we don’t build on it.’

Carson’s emergency loan lasts for 93-days, although he won’t be able to play in the next Fratton fixture as it is against his parent club.

Still, Saturday capped a whistle-stop week after he was only told of Pompey’s interest on Wednesday.

He said: ‘I got the call Wednesday afternoon – when we had a day off at Bury – and our manager said he had given me permission to speak.

‘I was trying to get a plane and everything just to get down quick, I was that desperate. It’s a massive club.

‘It happened so quickly, I would have said you were lying if you had said on Tuesday this would happen!’