Portsmouth's Conor Chaplin says he was thrilled to have played a big part in the club's 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Derby County at Fratton Park.The 18-year-old struck the winning goal in the 76th minute, shortly after the Rams' Jason Shackell had equalised Adam McGurk's opener for the hosts.
It was only Chaplin's second senior goal in a Pompey shirt, and it was one he admits he was delighted to see hit the net in front of the home supporters.
“I’m very thankful. I’m not sure it gets much better than that – unless we were playing Barcelona! It hasn’t quite sunk in yet," he told portsmouthfc.co.uk.
“It meant a lot to me to score my first goal at Morecambe last season, but to do it in front of these fans means a whole lot more.
“The gaffer just told me to go out there and enjoy myself – he always does that and it gives me great confidence.
“I get some freedom out on the pitch to try to make things happen and as an attacking player that’s all you can wish for.
“We had to dig in deep towards the end, but I thought we were excellent overall and some of the passing was unbelievable.
“I love playing in that number 10 role behind the striker – it’s my favourite position on the pitch."
Portsmouth will be included in the Round 2 draw which will take place on Thursday night, following the conclusion of Sky Sports' live match between Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United.
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