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1 October 2014

Coach pleased with Reserves victory at Cheltenham

“He arrived at the back post with two great headers and the first saw us off to a great start.

He said: “If you get the right service in for Ryan – as Brandon and Conor did – then that’s what he’s all about.

Chaplin then added a third to secure the victory and coach Alan McLoughlin was pleased with his side’s performance.

He converted crosses from Brandon Haunstrup and Conor Chaplin before being withdrawn at the interval.

The striker netted two first half headers in the 3-1 Final Third Development Cup group stage fixture.

But Ryan Taylor will be hoping to feature at York this weekend after making a goalscoring comeback for the reserves at Cheltenham.

He has missed Pompey’s last four games with a groin injury.

“It was also really pleasing to see so many youth players involved in the starting line-up and coming off the bench.

“It’s a learning process and we wanted them to work it out for themselves with a little bit of guidance from us.

“Cheltenham played with quite an unusual system, but in these games there’s no use instantly telling the players where they need to go.

“They’re making good progress and could learn alongside guys like Adam Webster and Ryan.

“Then when half-time comes we can really nail it down to the players about what we want from them.

“We didn’t change our system. We counter-attacked and in the second half we were mostly in control. “It was a deserved victory and we always ask our teams to win games at any level because we want to get that winning mentality running throughout the club.”

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