Passley curses Pompey luck

Josh Passley. Picture: Joe Pepler
Josh Passley. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Josh Passley bemoaned Pompey’s luck after failing to extend their winning streak.

Andy Awford’s side were forced to settle for a goalless draw on Saturday as Michael Appleton made his return to Fratton Park with Oxford United.

It was a League Two fixture Passley is convinced the Blues deserved to win, having dominated possession and kept the U’s Ryan Clarke the busier of the keepers.

As it was, the draw stretched the Blues’ current unbeaten run to seven matches, lifting them into 12th spot.

But the right wing-back was disappointed Pompey were unable to capitalise on their dominance over Oxford.

Passley said: ‘Clearly we were the better team.

‘We had much more of the ball possession-wise and I’m told 11 shots, so we were a bit unlucky not to get a win.

‘I think we were comfortable, we just couldn’t get the ball over the line at the end of the day.

‘It wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t our worst game.

‘There were areas we could have done better and won it but it wasn’t a bad performance from us.

‘We had opportunities to win the game and were just a bit unlucky we couldn’t get one into the back of the net.

‘At Cambridge we scored in the second minute of the game.

‘You can have those days when you can score six and then Saturday, we tried hard and it wouldn’t go in.

‘I don’t think anyone felt we were going to concede. Oxford didn’t have a shot in the box really.

‘But it’s another point and we can carry on still trying to get up the table.’

In the first half, Clarke finger-tipped a Jed Wallace shot around the post, while Matt Tubbs had a header tipped over the bar.

After the break, Tubbs fired across the face of goal after latching onto a mistake by Oxford defender Johnny Mullins.

But despite bossing possession for the majority of the game, that was the sum of the Blues’ attacking efforts.

At the other end, Awford’s men were rarely threatened as they chalked up a fifth clean sheet in seven matches.

Passley has started every one of those fixtures as he continues to make a positive impression at Fratton Park.

That run has also put Awford in strong contention to receive the League Two manager-of-the-month award for February.

In the meantime, Passley could see the positives in the draw, irrespective of the disappointment at behind held by Appleton’s side.

And he’s looking for more when the Blues visit Northampton tomorrow (7.45pm).

He added: ‘It was difficult, as soon as we got into their final third they put every man behind the ball.

‘The manager’s message was we shouldn’t be disappointed not to get the three points, at least we got a point.

‘Now we move on to Northampton tomorrow.’