Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Alex Smithies looked like he was set for a tough night at Aston Villa on Tuesday, but was a spectator for much of the second half.
After the hosts had hit the post and then taken the lead inside five minutes, the Hoops could have been in for a long evening.
But Smithies hardly had anything to do after that, as QPR got themselves back into the game and were a lot better in the second period.
And the shot-stopper was disappointed their possession didn't produce an equaliser to take home a point.
"The first ten minutes of the first half I thought it was going to be a really busy night for me, they started really well," Smithies told Get West London.
"We knew they would and maybe they were just probably a bit quicker than us to start.
"They got the goal when they needed it when our backs were up. But after that we really came into our own, I thought.
"For the rest of the first half we were OK and in the second half we really pinned Villa back, they were under a lot of pressure.
"It was a quiet second half for me, but ultimately after all that possession we haven't managed to nick a point with a goal in the end.
"It was a disappointing night in the end as we didn't get what we deserved."
Matt Smith and Conor Washington's introductions just past the hour mark sparked QPR into life, and they were the ones who looked most likely to score.
"There was only one team who looked like they would score when they came on. We had chances and were unlucky," Smithies added.
"It just wasn't to be and we have to keep our heads up for Friday now."