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Close: Wembley The Goal

Midfielder pleased with Checkatrade Trophy victory

23 January 2019

Ben Close in action for Pompey against Peterborough
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey are now just one win away from a return to Wembley.

They beat Peterborough 1-0 at Fratton Park on Tuesday evening to secure a place in the Checkatrade Trophy semi-finals.

The showpiece of that competition might not be at the same level as the Blues’ five trips to the national stadium between 2008 and 2010.

But Ben Close is not going to turn his nose up at playing at such a prestigious venue should they clear one more hurdle.

The midfielder said: “I’ve never played at Wembley before, so that has to be the aim for us in this competition.

“You could see that the boys really wanted to get through to the next round and we want to go all the way.

"I’ve never played at Wembley before, so that has to be the aim for us in this competition."

Ben Close

“It was another great team performance against Peterborough that shows we are taking it really seriously.

“For me personally, it felt like a while since I’d been out there, so it was nice to play most of the game alongside Adam May.

“A few of the young lads came in and have played a few first team fixtures now – they’re more confident and not looking scared.

“I thought Matt Casey was excellent alongside Christian Burgess and the fact they kept a clean sheet shows how well he did.

“It was good to get the win after a couple of bad league results. It’s nice for the fans and helps our confidence, so we’re looking for more of the same on Saturday and next Tuesday.”

David Wheeler converted a corner from Gareth Evans to ensure it was the Blues that reached the last four.

Close said: “He deserved it because he makes great runs – and that’s exactly what happened for the goal.

“It looked like he couldn’t really score from there after running towards the post, but he finished it off really well with his weaker foot.”

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