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Fan’s View: We gave our all on and off the pitch



Nathan Baxter, the goalkeeper for Wanderers, rejoices following Aaron Collins’ equalizer against Portsmouth.

The lead-up to this game began immediately following our victory against Bristol on the road. On Wednesday evening, when Wycombe Wanderers defeated Derby County with two points and reclaimed automatic promotion, the excitement reached a fever pitch.

Once more, thousands of people turned out to watch us play Portsmouth, the defending champions. The Doombar discussions were direct and boisterous. We’ll go up after four more victories.

If it’s any less, we’ll be crossing our fingers that Derby and Peterborough make another mistake. As both sets of supporters packed the stadium—Pompey fans expecting to win the title, Bolton fans seeking to advance automatically—the atmosphere was electrifying.

This week was filled with anxious moments and restless nights, but these are the games that every supporter wants to be a part of, not the mid-table fade-outs at the end of the season.

Abu Kamara scored the first goal for Pompey, catching our defense off guard. But we didn’t give up, and as the supporters cheered us on, Aaron Collins nodded in Nathaniel Ogbeta’s cross to tie the score.

Standings even at the half. We gave it everything we had in the second half, but we were unable to win due to a combination of hitting the crossbar, missing opportunities, and a blatant penalty that the referee saved.

Portsmouth could only muster the occasional break, but Nathan Baxter was largely ineffective in the second half and Rico Santos was a force at the back. honours even at full time, so Portsmouth will have to wait until next week at home to win promotion and the title of champions. They deserve congratulations.

We must continue to fight. With two relatively straightforward games remaining after Derby County’s victory over Leyton Orient, the odds are now firmly in their favour. But in football, as we all know, nothing is definite. We must win the games we still have left to see where that gets us. We tried everything, both on and off the field, but it didn’t work out.

Together, we must continue doing that in the hopes that our season will have one more twist.



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