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Chaplin interviewed in Blackpool programme

23 February 2018

Pompey striker Conor Chaplin

Pompey have hopefully turned their poor 2018 form around.

They began the calendar year by winning just one of their opening eight League One fixtures to fall away from the top six.

But victory at Fleetwood on Tuesday evening means the Blues are now only two points adrift of the play-off places.

And while Conor Chaplin is not getting carried away, he believes Pompey can aim higher in the closing months of the campaign.

“I think a lot of people would probably have taken our current position at the start of the season,” he says in the official matchday magazine for Saturday’s clash with Blackpool. “But with the players and staff we’ve got here, we all want to be in the top six.

"It’s about finding the right balance between expectations and what’s realistic."

Conor Chaplin

“There are some very good sides in this division and you have to take your hat off to them, although I think the quality we have in this squad means we should be looking higher.

“It is a period of transition for us after winning promotion, though, and it’s about finding the right balance between expectations and what’s realistic.

“Runs like we’ve been on aren’t what you want and you just have to keep believing in what you’re doing.

“Eventually you’ll come out the other side and we showed what we’re capable of in November and December.”

To read the full interview – where Chaplin also discusses his return to the side in recent weeks – pick up a copy of the magazine from programme sellers around the ground.

Also in issue 22, Matt Clarke reveals his favourite things, while Anton Walkes takes the Home & Away quiz.

We take an in-depth look at Blackpool, while there are exclusive columns from Mark Catlin, Kenny Jackett and Brett Pitman.

All this and much, much more in a packed 84 pages is available for just £3.

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