Stoke City's Thomas Sorensen is proud of his team's achievements this season despite losing out at the death of a fantastic FA Cup run.
The Danish goakeeper believes his side were the more likely to raise the trophy after sixty minutes of the ultimately fruitless 1-0 cup final defeat to Manchester City.
"I actually thought halfway through the second half that it was going to be our day," he said to the Press Association.
"Kenwyne [Jones] had a good chance - it was a brilliant save from Joe Hart.
"And then when I, and I think the rest of the team, thought they were running out of ideas, they scored.
"And then, from then on, we didn't create any chances."
Soresen felt that his side should have been much better on this season's form both before and especially after Yaya Toure's winner in the 74th minute.
"We've definitely played better.
"We probably didn't hit the form that we've been showing in the last month or so. I think that's the disappointing thing.
"But this is our first chance of the big tournament, the big cup, and the players will learn a lot from this."
Sorensen, though, has no bones about putting the final loss behind him after a season containing outstanding runs in both league and cup.
"The club has come so far in three years," he reminded.
"It's disappointing but, when the season finishes, we will all be proud of what we've achieved."
Stoke have a chance to immediately revenge their Saturday loss when they travel to City of Manchester Stadium on Tuesday in a league rematch of the cup final.