Joleon Lescott insists he would take winning the FA Cup with Everton over any personal achievement.
The 26-year-old was on the verge of surpassing a 100-year plus Toffees appearance record, until manager David Moyes chose to keep the former Wolves man on the bench against West Brom last Saturday.
Lescott, who had amounted 129 back-to-back games for the club, fell six short of the all-time record at Goodison Park, but with the defender a booking away from a suspension the Everton boss dared not risk one of his star players for Sunday's quarter-final against Middlesbrough.
And despite missing the chance to break a club record, Lescott says any individual achievements would pale into insignificance should Everton manage to win the FA Cup.
"I was aware I hadn't missed a game, and I was proud of that, but the manager explained the situation about the booking, and I respect that decision more than any record, '' Lescott told the Daily Mirror.
"I hadn't realised just how close I was to the all-time club record, but that is how it goes. When I was getting ready to go on, we scored and the manager turned round and said: 'There's no point in risking it now'.
"That's how important the Cup game is to us. We had a lead over West Brom that we thought we could protect, and there is a massive desire here to win a trophy.
"It is something the group here wants desperately, and the team comes before my own stats."
Everton have established themselves as one of the top six teams in the league since Lescott arrived at the club in 2006 for £5million.
The Toffees remain the only team to break into the top four in recent seasons, but the England International wants a trophy to show for their progress.
"We feel here that we have achieved much in the Premier League, we are consistent and we have got in amongst the European places for the last few years without being able to go out and spend hundreds of millions," Lescott said.
"We're proud of that, but there is definitely a need - and a desire - to win a trophy. We want that feeling, we want that recognition, we want to give our fans something special.
"You could say it is the next step for us to take, because this team is developing, and putting a trophy in the Goodison cabinet would write a little bit of history.
"That's what it is all about in the end, having something to show for all your work. But let's not kid anyone, winning the FA Cup this season is not exactly going to be easy.
"We've already had to beat two of the top four just to get to the quarter-final, and now we are playing another Premier club. If we beat them, then there is every chance we'll be joined in the semi- finals by Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. So a bit of work still to be done then."