Passley to learn fate after Pompey late show

Josh Passley. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Josh Passley. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Pompey midfielder Carl Baker Picture: Joe Pepler

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  • Loanee’s Fratton Park stay under threat
  • Loan spell was extended on Thursday for the remainder of the season
  • Appeared in nine matches so far
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Andy Awford will today meet Josh Passley to thrash out his Pompey future.

The Blues boss must decide whether the 20-year-old will play for the club again, despite having extended his loan until the season’s end on Thursday.

Awford was furious with the Fulham youngster after turning up for Saturday’s visit of Shrewsbury 25 minutes late.

All players had been expected at Fratton Park to attend a team meeting at 1.30pm.

Instead Passley arrived late and was sent home as punishment, although Awford has yet to speak to him.

In his place, Danny East stepped up from the bench to start at right wing-back, with Ben Close called into the squad on the bench.

Pompey’s boss revealed it wasn’t the first time Passley has not been punctual this season, an issue which has prompted concern even before his loan spell was increased.

And this morning Awford will meet with him to discuss where to go from here.

Awford said: ‘Josh was late for the game, not for the first time, although I have yet to speak to him.

‘When he arrived at the ground he was asked to report back to me on Monday morning.

His punctuality is sloppy to say the least. There comes a time when you have to draw the line

Andy Awford

‘For a match day there is a 1.30pm meeting in the changing room so everybody needs to be in there for that time.

‘Josh arrived 25 minutes late. It is not something I put up with, I don’t think any manager would.

‘His punctuality is sloppy to say the least. There comes a time when you have to draw the line.

‘His punctuality isn’t great and on Saturday I had no option than to do that.’

In Passley’s absence, the Blues put in another disappointing display as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat.

They are now 14th in League Two, 11 points off the play-offs and 11 points away from the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Passley’s replacement, East, hobbled off after 41 minutes to be replaced by Wes Fogden.

He has a hamstring injury, joining another right wing-back option, Andy Barcham currently on the sidelines.

It was only East’s second start of the season as he attempts to win a new contract during what has been an injury-hampered stay at Fratton Park.

Awford added: ‘Easty came off with a hamstring. I don’t know the extent of it, I don’t know if it is strained or torn – we won’t know that until next week.

‘He played last week and was in the squad again on Saturday. It is another injury to Danny, which is disappointing for him.’

– NEIL ALLEN