Portsmouth skipper's insight into players' thoughts on missing out on Sunday Wembley final date

Tom Naylor admitted missing out on Wembley this weekend is on the minds of Pompey’s players.

Friday, 3rd April 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2020, 5:11 pm

And the Blues captain has told there’s still a strong desire within the Blues camp to become record breakers at a rescheduled Leasing.com Trophy final with Salford City.

This Sunday was the scheduled date for the blue army to descend on the capital with more than 50,000 tickets sold for the clash at the home of football.

The coronavirus outbreak put paid to that, however, following the suspension to the English game.

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And Naylor told how that will be in the thoughts of Kenny Jackett’s players as they maintain social distancing along with the rest of the country.

He said: ‘This weekend should’ve been a big weekend at Wembley with everyone raring to go.

‘We’d be travelling up tomorrow morning and go there to have a look around like we did last year.

‘Then we’d be preparing for what would’ve been a big occasion for everyone on Sunday.

Tom Naylor holds the trophy aloft at Wembley

‘It’s annoying and frustrating. I forget what day it is at the minute. It’s not like I’m thinking we should be playing this game or that game, but my mind has been on April 5 and Wembley.

‘It is a bit sad we can’t play Sunday, but it is what it is. We have to be safe and there’s more important things out there.’

No team has ever retained the trophy in its various guises through the competition’s 37-year history.

Naylor explained doing that is a motivation for Pompey’s players, with the hope they won’t be denied the kind of occasion many players will never sample in their careers.

Tom Naylor celebrates with the trophy last year

He added: ‘Hopefully it can be rescheduled.

‘It was brilliant last year, the whole day, how we went about and won it.

‘The way the lads wanted to get there again could be seen in the Exeter game and the way we came from behind to win it.

‘We want to get back-to-back trophies in this competition because it’s not been done before.

‘It would be nice to make history. That’s what the lads wanted to do.

‘Last year was a great day out, especially with the win. These days don’t always come around that often. ‘