Sorensen - Let's reach final
Thomas Sorensen has urged Stoke not to rest on their laurels of reaching the FA Cup semi-final.
Last Updated: 14/03/11 4:30pm
Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has urged the club not to rest on their laurels of reaching the FA Cup semi-final and aim to go one better.
The Potters booked a showdown against Bolton at Wembley in April with a 2-1 win over West Ham at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, their first appearance at this stage since 1972.
Sorensen took the place of Asmir Begovic for that clash, and was desperate to help his club against the Trotters, but they should not just view reaching Wembley as the sum of their ambition.
"Wembley won't mean a lot until it is the final," he told The Sentinel.
"In my opinion, the semi-finals shouldn't be at Wembley, but now they are it will be a great occasion.
"But we shouldn't let that be the great day, that should be the final.
"That should always be in our minds. We must enjoy what we have done here, but the goal is the final, not just a day out in the semi-finals.
"Looking back at the time I have been at Stoke, we have said if we don't make it this year we will make it next year.
"But you get to my age and know these chances don't come along very often. When you get them, you have to take them."
The Dane admitted that he was happy to have drawn Bolton and not Manchester United at this stage, with the Red Devils meeting great rivals Manchester City in the other tie.
However he pointed out that Bolton will be no easy game, with Owen Coyle's side riding high in the Premier League and likely to go into the match as slight favourites.
"On paper it was the best draw, but we know Bolton are a tough team who are playing well at the moment," he added.
"They have some good players, like Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander, and they are having a tremendous season."
Sorensen also gave some criticism to referee Mike Jones, who failed to spot Frederic Piquionne's handball on the half-hour mark in the build-up to his equaliser.
However he praised his side's character in bouncing back from a 3-0 defeat at Upton Park in the Premier League the previous week.
"It was a clear handball by Piquionne. It changed everything for me because I was there to scoop the ball up, but when he took it with his arm, it stopped the ball going forward and left me in the middle of nowhere," Sorensen continued.
"It was disappointing because we were so much on top at the time. But we probably didn't deserve the penalty in the second half.
"From where I stood it didn't look like a penalty, so things probably evened themselves out.
"We can smile looking back at it, but the referee didn't have his best game.
"We came back from a performance last week when we didn't do ourselves justice. I thought everyone was on the front foot and did fantastically well. Win, lose or draw we couldn't have done better."