Archie Thompson has admitted the weight of expectation got to him on Sunday as he came heartbreakingly close to equalling Australia's all-time goal scoring record.
Thompson, who sits just one goal away from Damian Mori's record of 29, came on as a second half substitute in Australia's 8-0 demolition of Taiwan - a win that secured their East Asian Cup berth.
The Melbourne Victory striker looked like adding to the score sheet when he forced a great save from 'keeper Lu Kun Chi and was then denied by the woodwork with a powerful strike moments later at Hong Kong Stadium.
He later fluffed another great opportunity in front of goal, totally misfiring to keep Mori's record intact.
"I'm not going to lie I would have loved to have scored tonight and passed the current record," Thompson said.
"But I think when you think about something so much it becomes harder.
"I put myself in a good position tonight ... you hit a post, the 'keeper makes a save and I miss one that I would normally put on target.
"Those things just happen and I guess it wasn't meant to be.
"I probably thought about it too much more than let the football do the talking.
"But I've still got plenty of Socceroos appearances in me hopefully so we'll see what happens.
"Hopefully it's a winning goal against Oman in March if I'm there."
Thompson netted one of the fastest hat-tricks in international competition needing only five minutes to score three times in Australia's 9-0 annihilation of Guam on Friday night.
In the process he also overtook the likes of Tim Cahill and John Aloisi on the Socceroos all-time goal-scorers list.
Thompson amassed almost half of his current tally scoring Australia's record haul of 13 goals in one match in the Socceroos' biggest ever win - a 31-0 dismantling of American Samoa in 2001.
And he said it wouldn't have taken anything away from the honour had he surpassed Mori's mark against another minnow like world No.176 side Taiwan.
"I don't care if I get it against Fiji, or Samoa or anyone I'd just love to get that record," he said.
"So maybe we can organise a friendly," he joked.