Defender to remain at Fratton Park

Josh Passley. Picture: Joe Pepler
Josh Passley. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Josh Passley is to stay at Fratton Park following talks with Andy Awford.

But the right-back has been slapped with an undisclosed fine – after the Blues got the blessing of parent club Fulham to discipline the player.

If I hadn’t got the right response from him there might have been a different outcome, make no mistake about that

Andy Awford

Awford went public in his criticism of the 20-year-old after he arrived 25 minutes late for Saturday’s visit of Shrewsbury Town.

Pompey’s boss revealed it was the latest in a line of poor time-keeping from Passley, who is on loan at Fratton Park for the rest of the season.

The youngster has since apologised to the club and, according to Awford, displayed the ‘right response’.

He is now in the frame for Friday’s trip to Carlisle as the club present him with a fresh start.

Awford said: ‘We have drawn a line under it and moved on.

‘There has been a fine and he has been disciplined internally.

‘We have Fulham’s full backing on that as he is our loan player and not a permanent player.

‘It’s finished now, I don’t need to say any more on it.

‘I wasn’t very happy on Saturday, so spoke to him on Monday and he is now back in the group and available for selection.

‘He has apologised but actions speak louder than words for me, so he has got to back that up with actions – and he has trained well all week.

‘If I hadn’t got the right response from him there might have been a different outcome, make no mistake about that.

‘As it is, it sends a message to everybody. It was a breach of discipline and we can’t have that.

‘You need all your good players and if you look at the record of the team when Josh has been in it, it is has been good.’

The successful resolution of the Passley situation has been even more pressing following an injury to Danny East.

The former Hull player injured his hamstring while deputising for Passley in the 2-0 home defeat to the Shrews.

As a result, he will miss the trip to Carlisle and the Bank Holiday visit of Plymouth.

East has made just four appearances this season following injury trouble.