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Lowe: A dream come true

The attacker put in a standout display as Portsmouth won the Checkatrade Trophy

1 April 2019

Before Sunday, Jamal Lowe had never set foot inside Wembley Stadium, despite growing up in its shadow.

By Sunday evening, he'd helped Portsmouth win the EFL Trophy for the first time in their history in front of the biggest crowd the competition had ever witnessed, scoring an incredible goal and a penalty in the shoot-out to spark some incredible celebrations.

Over 85,000 fans packed the national arena as Pompey kept their nerve under the arch, and it was an experience Lowe will never forget.

"It was amazing. At one point I thought I had to take some paracetamol because the noise was so loud," he said. "What an experience, what a day, what a team performance and what a win."

And what a goal too. As penalties loomed, Lowe looked to have won the game for his side in extra-time by producing an incredible piece of composure to lob Jon McLaughlin in the Sunderland goal, only for Aiden McGeady to send the game to spot-kicks.

"They pushed up a bit too high and I saw the space in behind," he added. "[Matt] Clarke put a lovely ball in there, and the goalkeeper half came off his line. If he'd stayed, I might have done something else, but he gave me a chance to do it and thankfully I did. I thought it was the winner!

"We then had that long walk for the penalty shoot-out, so I half jogged to the penalty spot because it felt like I was never going to get there! Thankfully I stuck the penalty away.

"This is my first time at Wembley. I saw it being built, I trained at Barnet where you can see the arch in the distance and now I've scored here, it's a dream come true."

But Lowe will now be hoping to avoid Wembley, at least for the rest of this season, as Portsmouth seek automatic promotion from Sky Bet League One.

"This is a massive confidence boost," he said. "Obviously we're in a promotion battle with Sunderland, so it's another step in the right direction. If we can continue this run, I think we can win our remaining games and you never know where that might take us. 

"But today has been an amazing day."

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