Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has revealed that he told his team-mates to grab the chance for FA Cup glory before they destroyed Bolton 5-0 and admits his side can go on and beat Manchester City in the final next month despite being underdogs.
The Potters' keeper kept his place in the FA Cup side, replacing regular No.1 Asmir Begovic for the tie, saying to ESPN: “We said to everyone in the dressing room before the game that you don’t get chances like this very often.
“I’ve been in the game for a long time and always wanted this. When you get to the big stage, you can’t blow it and I thought we performed tremendously well today and again we’ve got a great chance in the final, we’ll be underdogs, but who knows, if we play like today, it’ll be a good game.”
The Danish keeper went on to praise the start his team-mates made, saying: “It was a fantastic start for the team and things went for us in the beginning, that’s down to the belief, we trusted that this was going to be our day; you know that sometimes if you want it enough it happens.”
“It’s obviously been a dream for long time, now we’re there and we’ve got a chance to win a trophy which would be amazing but we’ve got a difficult game against Manchester City, who played well yesterday, but if we can put in the same performance, who knows.”
Defender Andy Wilkinson, meanwhile, admits that his side "love" the underdogs tag and suggests that being written off before the game helped spur on the Potters.
“Everyone wrote us off before the game, but we knew between us that we had the belief that we could win,” he told ESPN.
“Yeah we have [been written off] ever since we have been in the Premier League, we are used to being the underdogs and we love it.
“It is unbelievable, words can’t describe it. It was like a home game for us and the lads on the pitch produced.
“I can’t tell you, [what It means] it's emotional we are going to enjoy it and focus on the final now.”