AIDAN CHIPPENDALE is hoping for a second chance at Brentford tomorrow after enjoying a Town debut triumph at Bristol Rovers.
The 18-year-old academy product (inset) replaced Danny Cadamarteri in the 64th minute at the Memorial Ground – and helped Town, now second in League I, hold onto the 1-0 lead supplied by Jordan Rhodes (five minutes).
Winger Chippendale, who joined Town at 13 after being released by Bradford City, wouldn’t have been in the squad had it not been for Gary Roberts being withdrawn after feeling ill during the warm-up.
“It all happened pretty fast, but it feels brilliant to have made my debut and to have helped us win,” said Chippendale, an unused substitute 11 times previously. “When we arrived at the ground, I was 19th man, and it was only when Gary pulled out that I was promoted to the bench.
“Gary’s a great player, and it’s a shame that he was ruled out, especially after Anthony Pilkington’s awful injury.
“When the manager told me I was going on, I just tried to keep calm and follow his instructions and it’s great that I played my part in an important win.
“Now we want to follow it up by getting another at Brentford tomorrow.”
While Town remained in the West Country after the game and head to London tonight, Pilkington is back at his home in Cheshire after successful surgery on his left ankle dislocation and broken fibula.
He has again thanked supporters for their messages of support and says he intends to be at the Galpharm for Saturday’s home game against Swindon.