Pompey: Ian Foster lauds Conor Chaplin’s goalscoring talent

Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Chaplin has five goals in 15 matches for Pompey this season
  • Worthing youngster signed a new three-year deal with Pompey in September

Ian Foster lauded Conor Chaplin’s ‘wonderful habit’ for scoring goals after shining for Pompey’s reserves.

The forward netted twice and also conjured up an assist in the Blues’ 4-2 victory over Crawley Town yesterday afternoon.

The kid has a wonderful habit of scoring goals, in training he works keepers. It’s very rare he misses the target, he doesn’t slash at things

Ian Foster

Chaplin played the entire 90 minutes in the behind-closed-doors fixture at their Copnor Road training ground, with Adam Barton and Matt Tubbs also scoring.

The 18-year-old continues to be in Paul Cook’s first-team thoughts as he bids to add to his five senior goals this term.

And first-team coach Foster, who took charge of the reserves in their victory over the Reds, was delighted with the latest input of Chaplin.

He said: ‘Conor has done terrific for us in the reserves and in the first-team as well.

‘It’s not like we are not aware of his qualities or unaware of what he is doing.

‘It’s just important for Conor to keep his head down and keep working away because there will be games he will start and there will be games he will impact from the bench.

‘With Conor, his attitude and application is first class.

‘It doesn’t matter if he is starting the game or being a sub or playing for the reserves or involved in a training game on a Monday morning.

‘The kid’s just quality. He works really, really hard.

‘He is out in the afternoon improving his technical skills and he is out in the afternoon getting a better understanding of the tactical requirements.

‘The kid has a wonderful habit of scoring goals.

‘In training he works keepers.

‘It’s very rare he misses the target, he doesn’t slash at things.

‘He’s very composed once he gets it on to his left side.’