Scott Chaplain buoyed by Annan signings

Written by Danny Collins.

There has been a lot of change at Annan Athletic these last few weeks. The arrival of new manager Jim Chapman taking over from interim manager Euan Brydson in January surprised a few at first, but with his team unbeaten from their first two games, the manager is quickly becoming a firm fans favourite.   

The supporters aren’t the only ones who are impressed by the new manager.
 
Talking after Saturday's 2-2 draw with Queen's Park, Annan Captain Scott Chaplain welcomed the change, and also praised the club's transfer business during the window.
 
Annan completed a number of loan deals on transfer deadline day which seen Martin McNiff, Daniel Orsi and Lewis Hawke all enter the club.  Chaplain praised these youngsters and highlighted the importance they could have to the club.
 
The 29 year old told The Away End: “The standard has inevitably lifted; you’re looking to impress the new manager so the standard lifts as you’ve got a point to prove to try and get in the team. 
 
"That’s two draws we’ve had now with teams who are above us in the league so hopefully we can kick on and turn these draws into wins."

He added: “They’re very young lads looking to get games under their belt; they seem to be very keen with a bit of pace and enthusiasm about them. 
 
"I think they’ll be pretty impressive and hopefully they will add a bit of quality to the squad as well.”  

Annan went to Hampden and battled for a deserved point, however Chaplain was a wee bit disappointed with the 2-2 draw against fellow promotion rivals Queen's Park.
 
“When you take the lead twice, you’re disappointed not to come away with three points," he said. 
 
"Especially with them scoring a goal right after we’ve scored with six minutes left. [It was] a good goal from them but from a defensive point of view we should be shutting up shop there. 
 
"Coming to Hampden, taking a draw isn’t too bad. They’re pretty strong so we’ll take a point but it was pretty disappointing after taking the lead twice.”

Recently appointed Annan boss, Jim Chapman was happy with the point however, and said the spirit his side showed impressed him.

He said: “The spirit my team showed in the negative side of the game and their attitude is fantastic. I’m really proud of the way they worked.

“What I’m really proud of is how they worked and it was a tough time out there but they showed that grit and determination.  I know I can make them better and I know we can play better but that’s the spirit that will take a good team to beat us.”

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