Sorensen undaunted by Wembley
Thomas Sorensen will use his experience to make sure Stoke do not let the occasion get to them at Wembley.
Last Updated: 11/04/11 4:48pm
Thomas Sorensen says he will use his experience to make sure his Stoke team-mates do not let the occasion of a Wembley visit affect them.
The Potters face Bolton in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday at the national stadium, a venue at which the Danish goalkeeper has never played.
However, Sorensen has two trips to World Cup finals with Denmark under his belt, as well as plenty of big game experience during his 13 years in England.
And the 34-year-old does not want his side to be overawed by a visit to the capital venue as they contest their first FA Cup semi-final for 39 years.
Manager Tony Pulis took his players down to Wembley last Monday to give them a taste of what it will be like, and Sorensen said: "The semi-final for me is only a step towards the final. That has to be the emphasis this week.
"A lot is made of it, going to Wembley and all that, but at the end of the day the winners on Sunday don't get a trophy so that should be in our minds.
"It shouldn't be a day out. I'm going to do my best to be an experienced player and try to pass that on because it's not the end."
Stoke have lost each of their three previous appearances in the semi-finals, but Sorensen knows the draw, which also pitted Manchester United against Manchester City, has handed them a golden opportunity this time around.
The keeper added: "It's a fantastic chance for everyone. We could have had United or City, which on paper would have been a harder game.
"I don't think you'll ever get a bigger chance of reaching the final and I think you need to make the most of it."