Scoring a goal at Wembley was little consolation for Oxford United midfielder Mark Sykes after Monday night’s play-off final defeat against Wycombe.
“It was an unbelievable feeling at the time” he told iFollow “but it was back to earth pretty quickly when we conceded the penalty, and then we were just devastated in the dressing room after the game.
“We tried to do our best but it wasn’t enough on the day. We knew what to expect and should have been switched on for the early goal. We got back into it and had chances but unfortunately on the night we just didn’t quite get there in the end
“I haven’t even thought about the goal. It was a cross- no problem saying that at all, they all count - but scoring at Wembley means little when you don’t win the game.
“It meant so much to all of us and we know how much it meant to the fans too, but it wasn’t to be so hopefully we come back stronger next year.
“I don’t know when we start again but we will have two or three weeks off then we will start again in League 1. My partner is due to have a baby in the next month, we moved into a new house a couple of days ago so there is plenty to look forward to once we do get this game out of our systems.
“I want to thank the fans though. We could see the cardboard cut outs but maybe if the fans had really been there it might have been a different story. We look forward to seeing them again when the stadiums are open and we will be ready to give it another go with them behind us.”
See the full interview in iFollow