West Bromwich Albion defender Mason Holgate has shared his post-match thoughts on Instagram after his side were knocked out of the play-offs by Aston Villa.
The Everton loanee was one of the players to miss a crucial penalty in the shoot-out and expressed how gutted he was as well as thanking the club for their help during his spell.
“Heartbroken about how it ended last night,” Holgate wrote in an emotional message
“But so proud of the boys and the performance we put in.
“I just want to say a massive thank you to the fans, staff and the boys @wba I’ve honestly loved every moment since joining in January and made friends and brothers for life.”
Craig Dawson’s first half header swung the momentum firmly in the favour of the Baggies, levelling the scores 2-2 on aggregate but that is how it would remain for 90 minutes.
In the 80th minute, Chris Brunt went flying into a tackle on John McGinn on the edge of the West Brom box, earning him a second-yellow card in the process and making extra-time far easier than it could have been for Dean Smith’s side.
And after an uneventful 30 minutes, it was penalties, and with Jed Steer saving from Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi, it eventually fell to Tammy Abraham to seal the win which he did with ease.
Despite the gutting end to his time at the club, Holgate can be immensely proud of his time at the Baggies.
He arrived in January and made an instant impact, helping to firm up a position that had been a real problem for the club in the first half of the season.
Whoever is in charge of the club when the transfer window opens will surely look into bringing him back.