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CHAPLIN: BUILDING FITNESS IS KEY

18 July 2015

Goal hero on victory at Gosport

He netted a match-winning brace to ensure Pompey won their first friendly of the summer.

But Conor Chaplin was more pleased to make it through the entire 90 minutes against Gosport at Privett Park.

The teenage forward opened the scoring early on before triallist Theo Robinson doubled the Blues’ advantage.

And although Borough brought the game back to 2-2, Chaplin popped up with a late strike to see off the National League South outfit.

The Pompey academy graduate said: “It’s always nice to score goals, although the most important thing was to get some more minutes in our legs.

“Getting through 90 minutes at this stage is difficult, but it’s something that’s very much needed.

“Towards the end of the game everyone just has to hang in there, as we’re building our fitness ahead of the season.

“It’s always good to play these local sides because it gives a lot of people the chance to come and see us.

“They’re decent teams and all have provided us with a tough test, which is exactly what we want.”

Chaplin is enjoying his first pre-season as a first team player and is determined to make an impression this term.

He said: “I want to start the first game of the season – and every other one. I know it might not work out like that, but I’m looking to be involved as much as I can.

“There’s healthy – and friendly – competition in this squad and that’s what you want because it keeps you working hard.”

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