Salford City co-manager Bernard Morley had mixed feelings after the part-timers held Hartlepool to a 1-1 home draw in the FA Cup second round.
Salford had beaten their opponents' fellow Sky Bet League Two side Notts County 2-0 in the first round.
And there was plenty of talk in the build-up to this clash about the prospect of them reaching the third round and a glamour tie against a Barclays Premier League side - perhaps even Manchester United, the club, of course, that their famous 'Class of 92' owners used to play for.
In the end, with Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt among those watching at Moor Lane, the seventh-tier outfit were not quite able to repeat their heroics of round one, and a tough-looking replay at Hartlepool now stands between them and further progress.
But they certainly put in another creditable performance, and the deserved result they secured through Stephen O'Halloran's 23rd minute close-range equaliser - cancelling out an eighth minute Rhys Oates penalty - means Salford's name will indeed be in the hat for Monday's third round draw.
Asked afterwards if he was disappointed not to have won or pleased with the 1-1 draw, Morley said: "Both, really.
"I'm a bit deflated - I think because of the hype and looking forward to something so much, and being so close and yet so far.
"They've had a couple of good chances, but I think we've done enough to win it.
"But when I wake up tomorrow I'll probably be over the moon.
"We're in the third round draw. And it will be tough to go to Hartlepool, but I don't see why we can't win."
He added: "It is something you dream of as a little boy, and you do now as a player or manager - the thought of being in the third round draw, it's just not realistic.
"But we're in it, and we'll enjoy it and I think that's what we have to do from here on - enjoy what it is."
Salford have made history with this cup run, having never got beyond the third qualifying round prior to this season.
And Morley, who manages the team alongside Anthony Johnson, has no doubt the players have made co-owners Scholes, Butt, Ryan Giggs and the Neville brothers proud.
Morley said: "They own a semi-professional football club and they'll walk away from tonight saying our club, our little club, is holding its own against full-time teams."
Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore, who saw his men outfought for much of the first half and then pass up some glaring opportunities in the second, felt they had been "very fortunate".
"We should have won it with the chances we had but we were lucky we were still in the game - in the first half we haven't turned up," Moore said.
"We had one shot and we scored with a penalty and that is not good enough for a professional team in the first half. We've been very fortunate, I feel."
Asked if the Class of 92 factor had put more pressure on his team, Moore added: "It can, because of the hype that surrounds it. But the Class of 92 can't play any more.
"It's not like we are playing them. We are playing Salford City."
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