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Aldred: We've Earned Wembley Dream

21 May 2017

Defender Relishing Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final

Tom Aldred has paid tribute to the battling qualities of his team-mates and says Blackpool have earned the right to play at Wembley. 

The former Accrington Stanley man, who joined the club in 2015, will realise a 'dream' by playing at the national stadium in the Sky Bet League Two play-off final, as will many others, after the squad recorded a 6-5 aggregate victory over Luton Town in the semi-final. 

The players put their bodies on the line to get the job done, with a winner in added time summing up the determination and character in the dressing room. 

"The lads went through the pain barrier and it was by far the best moment of my career. I'm sure a lot of the lads will echo that," he told the official website. 

"When I cleared that one over the line in the last few minutes, I don't even know how it went over the bar! It was just written in the stars. To get that goal at the end was just unbelievable. 

"You're not going to get a better way to go to Wembley. To be fair to them, Luton are a good team and we've had some real battles with them, but to go to Wembley in that sort of manner is the best feeling ever."

Aldred sustained an injury early on in the second leg encounter at Kenilworth Road, though nothing was going to force him off the pitch.  

"I knew I was never going to throw the towel in so I just kept batting on and battling on. Fortunately I got through the game and we got the result," he said.

From being 15th in the table back in February, to now gearing up to face Exeter City in the Wembley showpiece next Sunday, the players have shown a real desire to achieve their ultimate goal. 

"Individually and as a group we've dug in this season and weathered every storm. We've always kept going. 

"It's a dream, an absolute dream to now play at Wembley. We want to play there and we want to go and win. We've earned our right to be there and Wembley is going to be the best occasion of our lives," Aldred added.  

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