Jed Wallace had said that he would never be able to set foot back on his home patch again if Pompey were the victims of a big FA Cup shock.
And they came within eight minutes of that nightmare becoming a reality as Danny Hollands struck in the 81st minute to spare the hosts’ and particularly Wallace’s blushes.
The Blues midfielder hails from Farnborough and often used to watch Vanarama Conference outfit Aldershot as a youngster.
With a number of his friends gathered among the 2,446-strong travelling Shots in the Milton End the pressure was on Wallace to deliver and ensure he could show his face in north east Hampshire.
With 15 minutes played he got his opportunity as Craig Westcarr was felled in the area.
Wallace duly fired past former Blues keeper Phil Smith to put Andy Awford’s side ahead.
That paved the way for Pompey’s top scorer (eight) to pick out his mates in the away end and issue the classic finger to the lips ‘shhh’ celebration.
But in keeping with the events of the day the respectful 20-year-old was quick to then kiss the poppy on his shirt in memory of those who had fallen on Remembrance Sunday.