Mark Wright revealed that embarking on a Youth Cup run that has taken our under-18s to the semi-finals is a dream they didn't really anticipate.
The left full-back produced another strong display against Watford in the last-eight tie at Vicarage Road on Thursday evening, the latest in a run of Cup wins that has also seen the boys overcome Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Everton.
"It's brilliant, isn't it?" smiled last season's under-17 skipper after the 2-0 win over the Hornets. "All the boys are happy in the changing room and it is quality.
"It was more of a battling game, especially in the second half and they got at us in the last ten minutes or so. The boys stuck together and we played brilliantly.
"Getting to the semi-finals will be a brilliant experience and it will be a dream we didn't really expect."
Coach Pat Holland praised the character of the 18-year-old for putting personal disappointment to one side for the sake of the team.
"If you look at Mark Wright, who released a month ago, showing that sort of attitude and having a fine game," he enthused. "That pleases me more than anything.
"We had a similar situation with a boy called Ian Hillier when I first came in seven years ago. He just dug in and won a contract at the end of it. It might not be like that for Mark, but he showed great resilience and great character.
"He is one of those popular boys in the dressing room who is always chirpy. It knocked the wind out of his sails at first and you would expect that, but he has gone out and really performed. Hopefully someone out there likes him and gives him a contract.
"He has done it all the right way and there is a lot to be said for that."
For his part Mark insists the FA Youth Cup provides the ideal platform to progress his career from.
"It doesn't really affect me," he reflected. "I've just got to keep my head high, carry on and get other clubs watching me. The Youth Cup will help because a lot of people watch and it has helped my confidence playing in a winning side."