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Naylor: Everyone’s Played Their Part

Midfielder says whole squad can enjoy Wembley trip

30 March 2019

Tom Naylor
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Kenny Jackett will name his strongest side in the Checkatrade Trophy final against Sunderland on Sunday.

But Tom Naylor believes that those players who got Pompey to Wembley deserve to receive plenty of praise.

The Blues blooded youngsters and gave minutes to fringe players all the way up to the last four clash with Bury.

They will likely have to watch from the sidelines this weekend, although Naylor believes that everyone can get excited about a trip to the national stadium.

The midfielder said: “The gaffer has rotated the squad in this competition and all the boys have played their part in getting us to Wembley.

“Those who were involved in the earlier rounds deserve a lot of credit for what we’ve been able to achieve.

“It’ll be a brilliant occasion for everyone at Wembley – the players out on the pitch, the other guys in the squad and all of the supporters.

"Those who were involved in the earlier rounds deserve a lot of credit for what we’ve been able to achieve."

Tom Naylor

“I personally can’t wait – it’s something I’ve been looking forward to ever since we beat Bury last month.

“It’s a cup final between two really big teams and it’s fantastic for whoever wins, while the side that loses will want to brush it off quickly becuase of the important league matches ahead.

“I’m sure the EFL are absolutely delighted that the final is between arguably the two biggest sides in the division.”

Naylor has made two previous trips to Wembley and hopes it will be a case of third time lucky with Pompey.

He said: “I played there for Mansfield in the final of the FA Trophy when I was 19 and we lost with the last kick of extra-time.

“I also travelled with Derby for the play-off final, although I wasn’t involved on the day. That was another disappointing result.

“So hopefully I can experience a win this time because it’s a ground where every footballer dreams of playing.”

Due to staff working at Wembley on Sunday, supporters should note that the Anson Road ticket office will be closed on Monday. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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