Portsmouth 0 Fulham 1
Firstly, I`d like to thank my better half for filling in for me whilst I took a jolly down to Portsmouth, secondly, I`d like to thank the kind person who sold me their spare ticket at face value, you`re a gent, and thirdly I`d like to thank those kind people who drove me home last night after the celebrations went to a new level, thanks, whoever you were!
Today, my head hurts like never before, it`s pounding away as my body tries to adjust to the chemical imbalance brought on by a deluge of alcohol. Normally, I`d be as miserable as sin but today I can`t stop walking about with a silly smile on my face. People in the office where I work are giving me strange looks, almost as if the village idiot has descended upon them.
Unfortunately, I can`t remember much about the match. Tonight, when I get in I`m going to watch a recording, try to see if the old memory will recall those marvellous ninety minutes or whether the damage done by the alcohol has wiped them out for good.
If I close my eyes though I can, despite the pain of the hangover, clearly recall the moment Jimmy Bullard (what a hero) floated that free kick into the penalty area for Danny Murphy, of all people, to head past Ashdown. Seventy-five minutes of anxiety disappeared in a second as I`m sure I jumped so high I almost touched the roof of the way end. It was definitely the moment of the season.
The last fifteen minutes were hell on earth, I can`t even recall looking at the action, I just wanted to be sick and it wasn`t the pre-match drink, the dodgy burger of a bug causing it, it was pure nervous energy. The last few minutes I sat holding my head in my hands and then when that final whistle blew, all my dreams were realised.
Somehow, we`d survived by the skin of our teeth; somehow we`d contrived to win four of our last five matches to record the great escape and boy did we celebrate. I can remember the fortunate few getting onto the pitch to enjoy the moment with the players, I can remember shirts being thrown in amongst us but most of all I can remember the Portsmouth faithful giving us a well deserved round of applause, for that gesture, and that gesture alone, I hope you go on to win the FA Cup.
As for our glorious boys, I`d just like to thank all the playing staff, backroom staff, supporters and Mr Al Fayed for making it a season to remember even if it did have me in the depths of despair at times, one thing is for certain, I may not remember much of the action yesterday but those wonderful scenes at the end will never escape me.
Heroes - Keller, Stalteri, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Bullard, Dempsey (Nevland - 71), Kamara (Andreasen - 84), McBride
Supporting Cast - Warner, Bocanegra, Healy
Ultimate Hero - Murphy