Ryan Williams on Portsmouth hurt after Oxford inflict yet more play-off heartbreak

An emotional Ryan Williams spoke of his hurt after Pompey’s Championship ambition fell flat.

Monday, 6th July 2020, 9:21 pm
Updated Monday, 6th July 2020, 9:22 pm

Cameron McGeehan’s missed spot kick condemned the Blues to a 5-4 penalty shoot-out exit at the hands of Oxford United this evening.

It continues the play-off heartbreak which the Fratton faithful continue to endure, having never won any of the eight matches Pompey have been involved in.

Williams was a bright spot in the 1-1 draw, impressing on the right flank before cramp saw him substituted in extra-time.

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Ryan Williams was heartbroken after Pompey's play-off semi-final defeat. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

And he reflected on an agonising play-off exit which condemns the Blues to League One for another season.

Williams told The News: ‘It’s such an anti-climax.

‘We’ve trained such a long time for these two games, we’ve had such a long time wait - and it hits you hard.

‘I haven’t quite stepped back and looked at what we are going to do now.

‘It is confusing, it’s sad, it’s disheartening, it’s all these different words.

‘At the end of the day, we have to try to brush ourselves off and get up automatically because obviously we don’t do too great in the play-offs.

‘We have to try something - but we will try again, that’s for sure.

‘Personally, I think we’ve been the more dangerous team over the two legs, which is why it hurts as well.

‘They were quite soft goals really, we scored the better ones, but a goal is a goal at the end of the day.

‘It is disheartening, but we’ve got to get on with it.’