I honestly do not think that I have ever felt as nervous as I did during the final six minutes of Thursday’s goalless draw at Fratton Park. But what determination to see the game out and secure victory over the course of the two legs - even if we were denied eleven men for a large chunk of the home tie.
Sunderland’s penchant for one point games has been the source of much ire over the course of the past few months, yet Thursday’s goalless affair was celebrated wildly by fans across the world.
Over 1,300 fans made the circa 700 mile round trip facing limited train services, a 400% increase in the price of hotel rooms and 9 days to prepare for a potential Wembley final. For a people so adversely impacted by macro economic issues, the level of support is magnificent.
But what did you make of Thursday evening’s game?
- There were plenty of talking points emerging from the game, but which one did you feel was the most noteworthy?
- Was it Jon McLaughlin’s heroics? Jack Ross’ tactical acumen? Luke O’Nien being assaulted by a spectator? The fact that Grant Leadbitter played a full ninety mere hours after the passing of his beloved mother? Or a general sense of satisfaction that the Lads showed their class and composure to get the job done?
- Furthermore, how do you feel heading into the final on May 26th?
- How should Ross approach the game?
- Will the Lads be able to put paid to our Wembley heartache?
Regardless of your thoughts, let us know how you feel!