Cup hero happy to play waiting game

Conor Chaplin netted the winner against Derby. Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin netted the winner against Derby. Picture: Joe Pepler

CONOR CHAPLIN has promised to stay patient as he makes his Pompey emergence.

The teenage marksman enjoyed the night of his young career as he grabbed the winner in the Capital One Cup success over Derby on Wednesday.

I have to stay patient.

Conor Chaplin

Chaplin took the headlines after leaving the bench to dump the Championship side out of the competition.

The 18-year-old earned the plaudits and the clamour among supporters is growing for him to be given more minutes, after two cameo appearances so far.

But Chaplin is happy to take things in his stride as he builds his reputation.

He said: ‘I have to stay patient.

‘I have to stay patient as a young player.

‘If I get impatient things can go wrong and you start to force things.

‘Things then don’t happen the way you want them to.

‘At the moment, though, things are going the right way.

‘At the moment I want to play as much as I can and show the fans, team and gaffer what I can do.

‘Every young player wants to play and the manager has said to us we will get opportunities.

‘It’s good to hear that. Then it will be down to us to take them.’

Pompey boss Paul Cook had made it clear Chaplin is a part of his first-team plans this season.

The Academy graduate now has 11 senior appearances to his name, with 10 of them coming off the bench.

He paid tribute to Cook for the backing he has given him since coming into the Pompey hot seat.

Chaplin said: ‘The manager hasn’t said too much to me.

‘He’s made it clear that I’m going to play a part this season.

‘I have a part to play in this team.

‘So when I get my opportunities I have to take them.

‘I’d like to think I did that against Derby.

‘The gaffer has been excellent with me since I came in.

‘I can’t thank him enough.’

Chaplin has welcomed the footballing philosophy Cook is implementing at Fratton Park.

The Worthing talent feels the approach is one which works for the way he operates.

Chaplin said: ‘It suits me.

‘If you look at my height I don’t want to be challenging for balls in the air all the time. It’s not my game.

‘My game’s football and I like the game to be played properly.

‘I liked to get on the ball, turn and drive at defences.

‘The formation and the way the manager wants to play helps me a lot.’