The Marmite boy who loved time at Pompey

Miles Storey scoring against Stevenage. Picture: Joe Pepler
Miles Storey scoring against Stevenage. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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The Marmite effect has struck again for Miles Storey.

Only crucially this time it was Andy Awford who decided he wasn’t to his taste.

The pacy forward was informed on New Year’s Eve that Pompey wanted to cancel his season-long loan early.

Facing up to the alternative of struggling to get Fratton Park games if he remained, the 21-year-old agreed.

It signalled the end of a spell which spanned 22 matches, consisting of 13 starts, three goals and five assists.

Arguably Storey’s finest hour was his handiwork in two of the goals during the 3-0 home victory over Morecambe in November, particularly Jed Wallace’s first.

Yet he played only twice more for the Blues and was an unused substitute in the last three matches.

It was a departure back to parent club Swindon which has been criticised by some and applauded by others.

And the 21-year-old is fully aware of the fact his style of play can divide supporters.

He told The News: ‘It’s the Marmite effect, I get that wherever I go, there is no in-between!

‘It’s the way I play, either it works or it doesn’t and it tends to divide fans of the clubs I play for.

‘When I have come in and played for Pompey I have tried to be direct, that’s the way I play. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes it does not.

‘In my mind at least it is something different.

‘But I was disappointed to leave Pompey to be honest, even though I knew the manager had decisions to make because there were too many players.

‘He told me he was looking for more experience in terms of attacking. He probably could have found room for me in and around the squad but I would not play as much as I would have liked to.

‘That was fair enough, I prefer him to be honest with me like that and we both agreed.

‘I respect the decision and am appreciative of the time I’ve had at Pompey and the experience I’ve got under my belt.

‘I am not going to look at my time at Fratton Park as a negative, I made 22 appearances, loved it at the club and met some great people like Dan Butler and Jack Whatmough.

‘I understand the manager is going to be bringing in experience to kick-start the season and I wish them all the best.

‘When I have played I think I have done well, but that’s football.’

Today it’s back to training at Swindon for Storey, who is out of contract this summer.

But he has some fond memories of his time at Fratton.

He added: ‘If I had the meeting about my future the previous month I would have been confident of staying.

‘I have some good memories, though, my favourite was scoring in front of the Fratton end against Stevenage, that meant a lot.

‘The Morecambe game sticks out as well. I have tended to play better in the home games as the crowd give you a little platform to go off.

‘When Michael Drennan arrived in my position I was gutted as I believed I had started well, but once he went I was back in the mix again.

‘One minute you are up and the next you are down, but I have loved it at Pompey.’