Date:Saturday October 27 2012
Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton has revealed his disappointment in AFC Bournemouth's decision to recall Wesley Thomas from his loan spell.
The 25 year old joined Pompey on an emergency 30 day loan at the end of September after struggling for goals with the Cherries.
Last season, playing as a lone striker under former manager Lee Bradbury, Thomas scored six goals in his first six appearances away from home, scoring eleven goals in total during his first season in League One following his move from Crawley.
But he hadn't found the net since scoring in Paul Groves first game in charge of the Cherries away to Stevenage in March and in fact, that was his only goal in his last 22 appearances for AFC Bournemouth.
But it didn't take him long to rediscover his scoring form following his move along the coast with Thomas scoring on his Pompey debut against Scunthorpe on 29th September.
He went on to score his second of the season against Crewe and scored his third of the season last Saturday against Shrewsbury.
Appleton was hoping to extend Thomas' loan into a second month, but following Paul Groves sacking as manager and Eddie Howe's return to Dean Court, Howe has decided to recall Thomas and he will now return to the club on Monday for training.
With Portsmouth's game away to Sheffield United being moved to Monday evening for Sky Television coverage, Thomas has now played his final game for Pompey.
Appleton told the Chichester Observer...
'...I`m a little bit disappointed with the way Bournemouth handled it...'
'...who knows if this will sour the relationship we have with Bournemouth in the future?`
'...I just hope for his sake he gets utilised at Bournemouth, otherwise there might be a bit of sour grapes...'
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Date:Saturday October 27 2012
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