Nedum Onuoha refuses to believe defeat for QPR in the Championship play-off semi final on Saturday would be a disaster.
In fact, the Wembley virgin insists the club is big and smart enough to go again next season should the worse happen.
The 27-year-old defender is making his debut at the home of football in contrast to most of his experienced team-mates, and although coveting a winner’s medal, reckons he and the rest in Dennis the Menace change kit will deal with it if forced to watch Derby climb the 107 steps as winners.
He said: “I think it would be disappointing, but I don’t think it would be a disaster.
“Everyone knew what the goal was at the beginning of the season, and now it’s come down to one game.
“The players will survive; the club will survive, and If the worst came to the worst we’ll go again next year.
“You have to remain positive, and as you get older you look at the realistic side of the job, but I believe we can win, and everything else is for after the game.”
Onuoha's big day comes after he found 24 tickets for family and friends, some whom have emerged from the woodwork. But the one person who won’t be there is the one person who got him thus far - his mum.
Dr Antonia Onuoha sadly died in 2012, but Onuoha is comforted knowing she would be proud of him.
He said: “I think about her every day.
“She always wanted me to do well, and there were times when she kicked me one when I was feeling down, and it’s a shame she’s not here, but I’ve got my father and my sisters and lots of other family, and it’s good to know I’m playing in something she would have loved."
With tongue in cheek, he added: “I didn’t know I had so many friends.
“QPR do play in London at 3pm on a Saturday most times, and I’m surprised they didn’t come forward for any one of the 23 other games.”
Onuoha is buoyed by good luck messages from his former Manchester City pals including Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards, but the biggest surprise came from Rs team-mate Niko Kranjcar.
The Croatian, a Wembley veteran, is so laid back Onuoha has wondered from time to time if he was still breathing, but the midfielder revealed just what getting to Wembley meant.
“Niko Kranjcar is one of the most relaxed guys I’ve ever met,” Onuoha said.
“Sometimes you don’t know whether he’s alive or not, but after the semi-final (against Wigan) he reckoned it was one of the best feelings he’s had in his career, and this is someone whose played for his country and in the Champions League.
“As for the game, expect it to be tight.
“We’re good at hanging in there, and coming back from a goal down if needs be.
“Have I dreamed about scoring the winner? About 35 times this season. But as I only got one (against Forest, see video), and eight in my career, I’m not so sure.
“I only hope we score one more goal more than they do.”