Thomas Sorensen admits he felt it might be Stoke's day for a while during their FA Cup final against Manchester City.
In the end it was not to be for the Potters as they suffered a 1-0 defeat under the Wembley arch.
Yaya Toure's second-half strike settled the tie, allowing City to end their long wait for major silverware while prolonging Stoke's barren run.
Sorensen had helped to keep Tony Pulis' side in the game during a tight first half, with a couple of smart stops helping to keep Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli at bay.
He felt the tide might turn Stoke's way after the interval, but was ultimately left to reflect on a missed opportunity.
The Danish goalkeeper said: "I actually thought halfway through the second half that it was going to be our day.
"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."
He added: "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.
"The club has come so far in three years.
"It's disappointing today but, when the season finishes, we will all be proud of what we've achieved."