Last-gasp Grecians triumph is top moment for Wallace

Jed Wallace celebrates his winner against Exeter with Jack Whatmough and Joe Devera Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace celebrates his winner against Exeter with Jack Whatmough and Joe Devera Picture: Joe Pepler

  • Wallace picks last-gasp Exeter win as his season’s favourite
  • Midfielder had earlier missed a penalty in fron to the Fratton end
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A TOTAL of 50 appearances and a 17-goal return for Pompey this campaign.

But for The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season, one moment towers over the rest – Exeter at home.

Jed Wallace has time and again demonstrated he possesses an ability to conjure something out of nothing.

Then, in February, he weighed in with a last-gasp winner against the Grecians which remains a personal favourite.

The midfielder’s earlier dreadful penalty miss which ballooned high into the Fratton end looked to have inflicted a goalless draw against the visitors.

Then, in stoppage-time, he drove into the box and stroked a right-foot finish into the bottom corner.

I am not that player who is going to come through and smash headers, that is not me, so I have to do it in a different way

Jed Wallace

And it’s a moment the 21-year-old still relishes.

‘It has been such a disappointing season, but I have given it my absolute everything,’ said Wallace.

‘And Exeter at home gave me easily the best 30 seconds of my life.

‘When I scored it was like I experienced every rush of emotion possible – and that was my turning point this season.

‘Up until that point I thought I had done well, I was scoring goals and against Southend at home did alright, as well as in a few other games.

‘Yet, since scoring against Exeter, apart from Dagenham & Redbridge away, I have really kicked on and found a consistency I didn’t discover last season.

‘My mum and dad were as emotional as me. My family have been with me on this journey together and that game sticks in my mind.

‘The amount of times I can watch that back and never get bored of it at all is incredible!

‘After missing that penalty I had to step up, I had to, I wanted to win and show everyone how important it is to be playing for this club.

‘I am not that player who is going to come through and smash headers, that is not me, so I have to do it in a different way.

‘I look back on that against Exeter as my favourite this season.’

There was to be no fairytale goal for Wallace against York in the season finale, however.

Wallace added: ‘I was desperate to show people why I was player of the year.

‘The keeper pulled out an unbelievable second-half save when I have hit it with my left foot and then I struck a right-foot shot so well and it smashed off the post’s inside.

‘In the end I just laughed and accepted maybe Saturday wasn’t going to be my day.’