Pompey players have to accept rotation

Ben Chorley. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Chorley. Picture: Joe Pepler

BEN CHORLEY told his team-mates they have to deal with the realities of Andy Awford’s squad rotation.

The Pompey skipper admitted being left out of the squad is a bitter bill to swallow.

But Chorley knows Awford’s measures are justified with the Blues now possessing a squad with depth.

Awford has made up to six changes and shuffled his pack in every game so far.

That included Chorley being left out of the squad to face Cambridge.

He said: ‘You get paid to play and you want to play.

‘But there are a lot of bigger players than us who get rested.

‘Because of the formation, the team changes.

‘I saw Jose Mourinho was asked about whether he’d spoke to Petr Cech, after leaving him out.

‘He said he hadn’t because he picks a team to win the game. That’s what the gaffer is doing.

‘At the moment we are 12 games unbeaten, so he does what he wants.

‘Whether it’s hard or not you have to do it.

‘It’s happened to me and, as captain, you have to crack on with it.

‘We are all in it together, and if we get promoted at the end of the season the manager will be justified.’

Chorley believes taking on board what Pompey’s backroom team have to say is another consideration for Awford when making changes.

He said: ‘You have to listen to the fitness coach and physios.

‘We are on heart-rate monitors every day.

‘They may see things that we don’t.

‘Maybe we aren’t making the runs that we should or winning headers.

‘If they pull you and say you have to have a rest, you have to take it.’