Chaplin inspires Pompey to Coventry win

Nigel Atangana blocks a clearance from Coventry's John Fleck during Pompey's 2-1 pre-season victory at Westleigh Park tonight   Picture: Joe Pepler
Nigel Atangana blocks a clearance from Coventry's John Fleck during Pompey's 2-1 pre-season victory at Westleigh Park tonight Picture: Joe Pepler
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Conor Chaplin took centre stage as Pompey picked up a 2-1 win over Coventry tonight.

The teenage striker scored one and made the other for triallist Gareth Evans in the first half against the League One side.

George Thomas reduced the arrears after the break with a lovely dinked finish for Tony Mowbray’s men.

But Paul Cook’s side held on to pick up a deserved win on a positive night’s work at Westleigh Park.

Triallist defenders Matt Clarke and Dutchman Frank van der Struijk both also put in useful displays.

Chaplin took just four minutes to make the breakthrough when he was on the spot to put the loose ball away after Paul Robinson’s header was saved.

A fine save from Blues keeper Paul Jones denied George Thomas after 13 minutes – but that was as good as it got for the visitors in the first half.

Worthing striker Chaplin then curled a shot over from 25 yards, as his bright performance continued.

And he turned creator on the stroke of half time as a perfectly-timed ball freed Evans, who finished confidently.

Thomas pulled one back for the Sky Blues on 53 minutes with a lovely lofted effort past a helpless Jones.

The useful swathe of subs then slowed the flow of the game.

But Pompey’s passing from the back, pressing and expansive play sent the majority of the crowd home happy.