CHRIS Taylor struggled to put his elation into words after Millwall saw off Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
The Lions will now play Wigan Athletic at Wembley after their 1-0 replay win in Lancashire and Taylor admits playing under the famous arch will be the highlight of his career so far.
But the 26-year-old was furious with himself after he spurned a golden chance to put the tie to bed in the dying stages, blazing over from John Marquis' pass.
"This is the highlight of my career, without a doubt," he told NewsAtDen. "I am still in shock – it's not hit me yet. It's 'pinch me' time. I was beating myself up because I had a chance I should be burying.
"There are no excuses for that one really but if you told me at the start of the season we'd come to Blackburn and win to get to a Wembley semi-final, I'd have snapped your arm off.
"It was a massive battle from the lads. I did not think we got the ball down and passed as much as we did on Sunday but we did more than enough to go through. I'm over the moon.
"Over the two games, they've barely had a sniff. They hit the post at The Den but that did not really trouble us. The one chance they had, Shane Lowry was in an unbelievable position to clear it.
"He was in the right place at the right time. I've got no words for it really, I'm speechless."
Manager Kenny Jackett deployed Taylor in a central midfield role against Rovers and the ex-Oldham man believes he has the qualities to be influential in the engine room.
And Taylor says he is happy to do the defensive side of the game. He said: "You've got to do both. It is not just about going forward, it's about getting back and putting a shift in.
"If someone is out of position and they are struggling to get back, someone else will be quick to see the danger and cover them. That's what it means to have a good team spirit.
"I've played in a three-man midfield many times before – not for a while, but I really enjoy it in there. I think I can get on the ball, pass it and get stuck in, which you need to do."
Taylor feared his season was over after damaging a knee ligament against Brighton last December and says he owes his Wembley appearance to Millwall's medical staff.
"Yeah, of course I thought it was over," he said. "The physio said there was a decent chance it would heal naturally but that I had to be prepared for an operation.
"I really can't thank Bobby Bacic and his staff enough. They were absolutely fantastic. I looked after myself, got fitter and stronger in the gym and thankfully it's healed perfectly.
"My knee feels as strong as ever now. From where I was, injury-wise, to where I am now – I'm in two completely different places."