Wonder Kid Chaplin Inspiring Pompey

By: Steve Sutcliffe |
13/09/16 |

Portsmouth captain Michael Doyle insists that teenage talisman Conor Chaplin will only get better after the youngster inspired the League Two high flyers to a 4-2 victory over Wycombe on Saturday.

Chaplin, who came through Pompey’s academy and was named League Two Apprentice of the Year in 2015, made it 3-2 in first-half injury time when he flicked the ball over a defender before heading home.

And Doyle believes that Chaplin, who has grown in self-belief over the last 12 months will only get “better and better.”

“He gives everyone a lift with his enthusiasm and desire,” Doyle said.

“The difference from last year is that he knows how good he is.”

The result against Wycombe extended Portsmouth’s winning run to four league games.

Chaplin’s goal came at the end of a frantic first half in which Gary Roberts put Pompey 2-1 ahead in the final minute only for Paul Hayes to level a minute into injury time.

“That is Conor to a tee. You think you are going in at half-time 2-2, but then Conor comes up with that wonder goal, it was great,” Doyle told BBC Radio Solent.

“I don’t think you will see too many goals better than that. It was unbelievable and probably goal of the season.

“He is able to do things that other player aren’t able to do. He is a top little player, his attitude, everything about him is just brilliant.

“He is getting better and better.”