Meet the Pompey lucky charm

  • Defender has tasted one defeated in League Two all season
  • Passley also has 10 clean sheets from games in division

Pompey possess a League Two lucky charm – and how they are reaping the good fortune.

Josh Passley has remarkably tasted just one defeat from his loan spells away from Fulham this season.

I am enjoying it here, playing regular and haven’t lost a game yet so cannot complain.

Josh Passley

Totalling 14 appearances during stays with Shrewsbury and now Pompey in the current campaign, the defender has finished on the losing side once.

During that time he has also been part of an impressive 10 clean sheets – the latest arriving for the Blues in Saturday’s goalless draw with Oxford.

It is an impressive record for Passley as he continues his footballing development away from Craven Cottage.

Next up is tonight’s trip to a rejuvenated Northampton, as Andy Awford’s side seek to maintain their own improved form.

And the right wing-back is hoping he can keep being the club’s good omen.

‘I have lost only one game in League Two and that was when I was playing for Shrewsbury,’ said Passley.

‘We were at Burton in January and George Taft scored a worldie. That was my last game for them as well.

‘I must admit, when I arrived here I did wonder why Portsmouth were in the position they were considering the players at the club.

‘We should have won my first game at Wycombe, I didn’t think we should have been in 18th spot, especially after that first half.

‘I am enjoying it here, playing 
regular and haven’t lost a game yet so cannot complain.

‘The system is working and the gaffer has told me to be tight defensively on the winger to stop him crossing it into the box, and attacking-wise get past the left-back, put the ball into the box and get shots off on goal.

‘A lot of the time we are playing it up from the back, not a lot of long balls, so it’s a case of getting the balls to the wing-backs and try to get crosses into the box for Matt Tubbs and Ryan Taylor.

‘I don’t think there is one player in this team who shouldn’t be starting. The lads on the bench are also putting it in every day on the training field and there is a good team chemistry.

‘On the whole there is a confidence about how we are playing at the moment. If we string two or three wins together you never know, we could be right around it.

‘If we can get a win tonight and Saturday at Accrington we could be in the top 10. And nine points to make up (play-offs) isn’t a big gap.’

Passley has made seven appearances for Pompey since his arrival at the end of January.

Initially on a one-month loan, his deal has since been extended to a second month having made a favourable impression.

In the meantime, the 20-year-old hopes to learn whether he has a Fulham future.

He added: ‘My Fulham contract is up at the end of the season, I’ve got a meeting coming soon with them about it.

‘If Pompey want to keep me why not stay here? I am not complaining, I am playing every game.

‘I want to be the best player I can and end up at the highest level I can play. Hopefully that can be the Premier League and Championship, we’ll see.’