While the end result may not have been what he would have wanted, Chester FC defender Michael Kay was, nevertheless, pleased to be the man to score the Blues' 500th goal in all competitions since their reformation in 2010.
On as a second half substitute in the 5-2 defeat at Woking on Saturday, the first loss of the season for Steve Burr's side, Kay, making his first appearance of the season, netted his first goal for the club on 65 minutes at the Laithwaite Community Stadium to etch his name into the Chester FC record books.
While the achievement was overshadowed by a day to forget to Burr's charges in Surrey, 25-year-old Kay, who joined the club in the summer of 2013, was happy to notch his maiden Chester goal and, almost five years to the day since Rob Hopley notched in 1-1 draw at Warrington Town in the Evo-Stik League Division One North, score the landmark 500th goal for the Blues.
"I was delighted to get my first goal for the club and I found out afterwards that it was the 500th as well, which is always nice, but the result is the most important thing," said the former Sunderland and Tranmere Rovers man, who is likely to replace Ben Heneghan in the heart of defence for the trip to Macclesfield Town on Saturday after the big defender was dismissed against the Cards at the weekend for a last-man challenge on Dan Holman in the 25th minute.
"The sending off didn't help us and it was an uphill struggle from then and we're really disappointed to come away with a 5-2 defeat. Without making excuses we have had a long journey and the sending off didn't help and some of the decisions weren't great but these things happen and we're not going to go the whole season without getting beat so we've just got to pick ourselves up and bounce back.
"From the sidelines I thought we were quite comfortable until the sending off and I thought the referee should have played advantage and let the goal stand, maybe, and then Ben could have remained on the pitch. But decisions go against you sometimes and we have got to bounce back.
"The confidence is still high and we have got some winnable games coming up. If we can get six points from them two games (Macclesfield and Guiseley) then we have made a really good start to the season."
John Goddard's penalty and goals from Holman, Kadell Daniel, Joey Jones and Ben Pattie did the damage for Garry Hill's Woking side on Saturday, with the Blues finding the target through Kay's 65th minute header to make it 3-1 and a stunning 25-yard free kick from John Rooney on 90 minutes, which made the score 4-2.
But Kay has now switched his focus to making an impression for the Blues in defence in the absence of Heneghan, who had begun to forge a formidable defensive partnership with veteran skipper Ian Sharps but will now serve a one-match ban, and stake his claim for a starting berth.
"Obviously the gaffer had a decision to make at the start of the season and he went with Ian and Ben and they have been fantastic and even today (Woking) the game was a bit false and playing with 10 men for that long period," said Kay. "But with the suspension it gives myself and opportunity now and hopefully I can take it.
"The gaffer is not going to change a winning team at the best of times and the defence have been really good, and it isn't nice when you watching it from sidelines but at the same time I am a squad player and I want the team to do well and I want Ben and Ian to do well when they play."