Socceroos defender Bailey Wright's English League Cup hopes remain alive after he captained Bristol City to a 2-1 Carabao Cup loss to powerhouse Manchester City in the first leg of their semi-final.
The English Premier League frontrunners needed a late Sergio Aguero winner to claim the advantage at Etihad Stadium.
Wright put in a mixed performance in largely keeping City's star-studded attack quiet, but was on the wrong side of Aguero when the substitute headed home two minutes into stoppage time.
Despite the late lapse, the Australian remained confident of an upset in the second leg at home.
"We've knocked out four, five good sides to get to this stage," Wright told BeIN Sports.
"If that doesn't give you enough belief, I don't know what does.
"After that performance, I think we'll have even more belief.
"The lads have been superb and dug in. We're still in this. We know we've got a great chance to progress."
Second-tier Bristol gave City a stern test throughout the encounter and deserved to take something from the game, with their away goal giving hope for the return at Ashton Gate.
The Robins took the lead through a Bobby Reid penalty after 44 minutes having initially struggled to gain possession.
Pep Guardiola's runaway Premier League leaders responded by creating numerous chances before Kevin De Bruyne's well-worked 55th-minute equaliser.
De Bruyne charged the length of the field before exchanging passes with Raheem Sterling and thumping home the leveller.
It prompted Lee Johnson's Bristol to sit back for an opportunity to cling on for a draw, with the tactic working until Aguero had the final say.
"All my credit to Bristol City," Guardiola said.
"You cannot knock out four teams from the Premier League without (being) well organised and having nice players to watch.
"They arrived, they created chances ... I have a lot of respect for what they have done."
Johnson believes his side still has a chance of pulling off a shock victory in the second leg.
"It's half-time. We're still in the tie," Johnson said.
"Obviously I'm disappointed with the manner in which we conceded the (Aguero) goal because I don't think we deserved it.
"We put our bodies on the line, played some good football at times and had opportunities. We probably did as well as Premier League teams that have come here, and in some cases better."