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Brown: The Best Feeling

Defender looking for another win at Wembley

29 March 2019

Lee Brown
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Lee Brown’s last trip to Wembley was certainly a successful one.

He scored in a penalty shoot-out to help Bristol Rovers secure play-off final promotion back to the Football League in 2015.

Now, towards the end of his first season as a Pompey player, the left-back is heading back there for Sunday’s Checkatrade Trophy final against Sunderland.

And while Brown knows the Blues have to maintain their usual routine, he admits it is an exciting prospect.

The 28-year-old said: “It’s an exciting time and it’s quite easy to get wrapped up in everything that comes with a game like this.

“You want to keep it as normal as possible. The training stays the same and you try to approach it as you would any other game.

"It’s even more special when you come out on top and there’s no point just going there and thinking it’s nice to have made it this far."

Lee Brown

“But of course you get excited – it’s Wembley. There’s going to be a buzz about the place and that can help the players find another gear.

“There aren’t many guys – especially at our level – who get the chance to perform there, so we have to make the most of it.

“Winning at Wembley is the best thing. It’s a great feeling and it’s always fantastic to walk out at our national stadium.

“It’s even more special when you come out on top and there’s no point just going there and thinking it’s nice to have made it this far.

“I remember seeing the faces of the opponents when I was there before and it must have been horrible for them. I don’t want to be on the receiving end of that.

“That was big because the play-off games have a lot more riding on them, but this is in front of 80,000 people and it’s massive.”

Brown has received plenty of requests for tickets ever since Pompey beat Bury last month to reach the final.

He said: “It’s a nice local one for my friends and family, but this is Wembley, so everyone jumps on the bandwagon!”


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