Awford considers axing under-performing Blues

Andy Awford
Andy Awford
  • Awford considering changes after Morecambe loss
  • Blues boss tips Chaplin for bright future
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Andy Awford is considering a shake-up after the Morecambe disappointment.

Pompey fell to another away loss as they went down to a 3-1 defeat at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler

Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler

That extended the Blues’ struggles on the road this season, with just two Football League sides amassing fewer points on their travels.

To make matters worse, Morecambe have terrible form on their own patch.

The Shrimps were winless in five at home with just one success in 10 before the visit of Awford’s side.

But lapses from set-pieces killed Pompey to create another low.

I think there were some people out there who should’ve performed better.

Andy Awford

There is now a quick chance to put that defeat to bed at Stevenage tomorrow.

Josh Passley is definitely ruled out with the head injury picked up on Saturday.

With Awford disappointed with the performances of certain players, he is now weighing up further switches.

He said: ‘As a group we could’ve done better.

‘I think there were some people out there who should’ve performed better.

‘We’ll consider that now.

‘We’ll get back in on Monday and have a look at that.

‘That’s open for debate now and I will discuss it with the coaching staff. We’ll prepare properly for Stevenage.

‘There are certainly some areas that we need to do better in.’

The one bright spot for Pompey was seeing Conor Chaplin grab his first senior goal.

The Worthing striker was introduced in the second half for Wes Fogden, and hit the back of the net with an impressive finish five minutes from time.

Chaplin took his chance with real conviction and Awford explained that is typical of the confidence the 18-year-old possesses.

The Pompey boss has no doubt the Academy graduate has a big future.

Awford said: ‘It’s a great day for him. He’s given a glimpse of what he can do and there is more to come.

‘I’m sure he’s got a bright future.

‘We, as a club have taken the decision to sign him early at 17.

‘He’s still eligible for the youth team but we think he has a bright future.

‘He trains with the first team every day. Conor has a lovely left foot. He has good ability with the ball and carries it well.

‘He can get himself out of tight situations and get himself into decent areas. He is able to get himself into dangerous situations.

‘He played well in the reserves on Tuesday and trained well all week.

‘So he was always in my thoughts to get him involved, if not from the start then for a considerable period.’

Despite the recognition Chaplin has received for his progress, Awford is confident the teenager will remain grounded.

Saturday was his sixth first-team appearance this season.

But Awford feels he has the right mindset to be unaffected by his success.

He said: ‘We have a job to do to keep him grounded and his feet on the floor.

‘I don’t think it will be a problem for him because he has the attitude and character to have a decent career. It’s a great start for him. Hopefully he can kick on.’