Portsmouth v Sunderland final

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Really looking forward to this. Not sure if the football will be top drawer but the passion and atmosphere should be great with a record crowd for a Checkatrade final and the colours of the traditional blues v reds (like the original subbuteo team colours). Will be watching on Sky this afternoon, once I have done my mother’s day chores for the wife.
 

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It will sure be difficult to actually comprehend the size of the crowd for this game in what is effectively a game of little importance in the grand scheme of things. Is it the FA Cup of the lower leagues? Personally i don't think so. I'd take Exeter progressing to the semi finals or even quarter finals of both superior cup tournaments anyday over winning the Checkatrade but it will be a cracking day out for both sets of fans regardless and if nothing else proves two things.

1. That the U23 sides (or U21's can't remember which) participating in this tournament needs scrapping for next season. I bet Checkatrade as a company are wetting themselves over the exposure of a Sunderland v Pompey final. Somehow i don't think they would be equally as impressed with a Walsall v Reading U21's final. Anyone who can't see just how much the participation of these sides devalues an already pointless competition might wish to book in at their local opticians.

2. This final (and others actually that have gone before it) just prove why the English football pyramid is the best in the world. IMO. The size of this crowd for what is essentially a tin pot cup final between two sides in the 3rd tier just proves this.
 

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That was a cracking game to watch, Not much in it, Both teams separated one point in the league and it showed, First half it was all Sunderland, Second half Portsmouth came at them so in truth a draw was a fair result but as ever penalties are anyone's game, Plus a record crowd of over 85,000
 
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Boycott from first round to the final for me. Not that Portsmouth or Sunderland are likely to suffer from lower league B teams when todays attendance is used to justify them. For shame all who attended.
 

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I can’t believe 85k lunatics wasted their hard earned cash to watch the final of the farce of a competition.
For one whose location is "Campaigning for free speech" you show a remarkable lack of respect for the free choices of others.
 

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Calling 85,000 people who you don't actually know "lunatics" probably says more about you than about them. They each made a different choice from you and there's no need to be so disparaging about their choices. Freedom and tolerance?
 

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I'm sure that if Exeter got to the final then the usual thousand or so who usually go to the home checkatrade games will no doubt be joined by tens of thousands more on final day.

Such is the lunacy of football.
 

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What ever anyone thinks about the merit of the competition,85,000 for a couple of Division 3(in old money) teams at Wembley is impressive...I did not watch the game,many on the football sites mentioned what a great atmosphere there was at the stadium.
 

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Pompey missing some very good chances in the playoff semifinal against Sunderland tonight

Still 1:0 behind on agg
 

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The saloon doors have just swung open at Fratton Park 6 minutes of added time for Portsmouth to save their season
 
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All over Sunderland into the final.
Obviously disappointed, but we weren't quite good enough to get over the line. The lack of quality on our part over two legs in the play-off semis was symptomatic of a side who had run out of puff in the last few weeks.

It will be an interesting final. Sunderland have a strong squad but Charlton have been the form team in recent months and have a couple of standout and in form players in Joe Aribo and Lyle Taylor. Of course, play-off finals are one-off games (not that we've ever managed to get to one), and anything can happen.

How long till next season starts?!
 

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Obviously disappointed, but we weren't quite good enough to get over the line. The lack of quality on our part over two legs in the play-off semis was symptomatic of a side who had run out of puff in the last few weeks.

It will be an interesting final. Sunderland have a strong squad but Charlton have been the form team in recent months and have a couple of standout and in form players in Joe Aribo and Lyle Taylor. Of course, play-off finals are one-off games (not that we've ever managed to get to one), and anything can happen.

How long till next season starts?!
Think Doncaster might have some say in this still
 

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Obviously disappointed, but we weren't quite good enough to get over the line. The lack of quality on our part over two legs in the play-off semis was symptomatic of a side who had run out of puff in the last few weeks.

It will be an interesting final. Sunderland have a strong squad but Charlton have been the form team in recent months and have a couple of standout and in form players in Joe Aribo and Lyle Taylor. Of course, play-off finals are one-off games (not that we've ever managed to get to one), and anything can happen.

How long till next season starts?!
Wasn’t too much between the sides and you did have a couple of good headed chances that should have ended up in the net...what did surprise me from the tv was how quiet Fratton Park seemed to be probably caused but the excruciating anxiety seemed to be about the place.
 
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Think Doncaster might have some say in this still
They put in a hell of a performance this evening. Not sure why the police got involved with the toss for penalties - assume it was to stipulate the end at which they were taken, but not sure that's fair?

We seem to have been involved in the one dull (for the neutral) playoff rubber across the three divisions - which is a dubious badge of honour but not wholly unreflective of our performances this season. Hopefully the finals will all be humdingers.
 
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Nice touch from Pompey last night for a minutes applause for the late John Gittens
He was with us for a couple of seasons in the nineties. Was a struggle to hear the announcement over the PA but I think a couple of his family members were in the crowd last night as well, so hope they found some solace in the respect for Jon from both sets of fans.
 
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