Swindon Town ‘keeper Wes Foderingham is hoping to be on the winning side at Wembley on May 24th having already suffered the heartbreak of defeat at the national stadium.
Foderingham – who has been in stellar form between the sticks of late – was in goal when Town slumped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chesterfield in the 2012 JPT Final – where Oliver Risser’s own goal and Craig Westcarr’s strike was enough to inflict Wembley pain on the Robins for the second time in three seasons.
Town’s pulsating 5-5 draw with Sheffield United in the play-off semi-final second-leg on Monday sealed a 7-6 aggregate success, and the Robins will now take on Preston North End in the final on Sunday 24th May.
Foderingham is now determined to play his part to ensure Town don’t endure pain at Wembley once more, as Mark Cooper’s young charges bid to bring to an end a 15-year exile from the Championship.
“I went there in the JPT and we didn’t win on that day, so it will be nice to go back and get a win and get into the Championship,” Foderingham said.
“Nobody will want to lose the game in the first fifteen minutes at Wembley, so I don’t think it will be as frantic (compared to the semi-final second-leg) and I think you will see a Swindon Town side that will be a lot better defensively.
“We’ll work on it in the two weeks we’ve got and our attacking prowess speaks for itself, so we’ve got no doubts that we can go there and put on a good performance.
“A massive and nice pitch under the sun at Wembley will suit us down to the ground, we’re going to go there full of confidence, play our football and see where it takes us.
“Hopefully that’s to the Championship.
“We do (owe it to Preston) as a team and myself personally, so hopefully we can go there and put on a good performance, I can put on a good performance and get this club into the Championship, which I know the fans desperately want.
“We’re a close knit bunch, we’re all pulling in the same direction, we’re all one big team and we would do anything for each other.”
Meanwhile, Foderingham has heaped praise on Nathan Byrne’s outstanding performances over the two-legs against Sheffield United, with the wing-back laying on three assists in that remarkable 5-5 draw on Monday.
“Massive,” Foderingham said when asked to describe Byrne’s displays against The Blades.
“He’s done that all season. He started the season fantastically well and he’s one of, if not, the best player in the league this season.
“It’s difficult when teams find out how good a player you are and they start putting two men on you at all times in the game, sometimes it can be difficult to keep up that standard throughout the whole season.
“He’s shown his class over the last two games and he’s going to be massive for us at Wembley.”