Colin Doyle brushed aside personal pride to share the disappointment of his teammates following Birmingham's CIty loss at Cardiff.
The 21-year-old goalkeeper finally made his league bow after five years at the club.
Loan spells at Chester, Milwall and Nottingham Forest ensured he gained valuable experience and his full debut against Shrewsbury in the midweek Carling Cup win introduced him to supporters.
A fixture at Cardiff is a different kettle of fish, however. A hostile atmosphere was prevalent all afternoon and, with Maik Taylor sidelined due to a bruised hip, Doyle was thrust into the fray.
While it was ultimately a disappointing result, Doyle acquitted himself well and was powerless to stop either of the two goals that flew past him. And he admitted the defeat and the loss of their unbeaten record had hit them particularly hard.
"All the lads are devastated," he said. "I don't think we played as well as we normally can.
"On a personal level I was pleased with my debut. I had a few kicks that went left and went wide but I was quite pleased. Obviously it isn't about me; it is about coming out here and getting a result.
"Overall we are not happy. We knew it was going to be tough as it was a sell-out and the crowd was going to be behind them from the off.
"We got relegated from the Premiership and are probably favourites to come back up.
"Every place we go to opponents will say 'right, these were in the Premiership last year' and raise their game. We knew it was going to be tough but it didn't look like we were up for the challenge.
"We should have done better than we actually did."