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Chaplin To The Rescue

Striker rescues point at Wigan

26 August 2017

Conor Chaplin celebrates scoring for Pompey at Wigan

It does not take much for the Pompey fans to sing Conor Chaplin’s name.

But those cheers were even louder after the striker came off the bench to secure a point against Wigan.

He deftly headed home Brandon Haunstrup’s cross midway through the second half to cancel out Ivan Toney’s early opener.

The hosts had earlier seen three efforts hit the woodwork, while Chaplin was full of praise for the performance of Luke McGee between the sticks.

He said: “It was a good point for us in the end, but if it wasn’t for the big man they would have scored a couple more.

“Thankfully we were able to get the draw, however, and send the 2,000-odd travelling fans home happy.

"It was a brilliant ball in from Brandon and I couldn’t have asked for any better."

Brandon Haunstrup

“The loyalty that we receive from them is unbelievable, so it was great that the goal came in front of them.

“It was a brilliant ball in from Brandon and I couldn’t have asked for any better. I was confident that I was going to put it in.

“Paul Cook was just laughing after the game and said ‘same old’ as we were coming off. It was good to see him again.”

Chaplin had to be content with a place among the substitutes, but knows there is plenty of competition for places in the Pompey frontline.

He said: “It’s good to get the goal tally up and running for the season and hopefully that can carry on.

“We’ve got some very good attacking players at this club and you’ve got to make sure you stake your claim when a chance comes along.”

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