Goalscorer delighted after Wycombe triumph
While Conor Chaplin was working his way up the academy ranks, Pompey were tumbling down the Football League ladder.
But now he is hoping that the Blues can finally start moving in the right direction again.
The teenage striker came off the bench to score their second in a 2-1 victory over Wycombe at Fratton Park.
And that means that Paul Cook’s side – with three games remaining – are now almost certain to finish in the top seven.
“We all knew that a win would pretty much secure a play-off place and that’s what we all wanted,” Chaplin told Pompey PlayerHD.
“Wycombe scored a great free-kick, but we all trust each other to see the game out and we could have got a third on the counter-attack.
“We did very well in the game and it was quite open because Wycombe needed the win as well.
“Obviously everyone wanted automatic promotion, but it’s still a credit to how far we’ve come as a club in the past year.
“With what we’ve been through in the past, I think everyone would agree it’s a success and now we want to push on.”
Chaplin’s second half goal took his tally for the season into double figures, although it will not rank among his best finishes.
He said: “When you’re in positions like that, what happens is all a blur. It wasn’t the cleanest of strikes, but sometimes they’re the ones that go in.
“If I’d have struck it well then the keeper probably would have saved it, but it’s bobbled over him and into the far corner.”
Watch the full interview with Chaplin – and plenty more great content – on Pompey PlayerHD.
Play-Off place virtually secured😀 just what the club deserves after the last few years, fans included👏🏼🙌🏼
— Conor Chaplin (@ConorChaplin10) April 23, 2016