“In reality the NPL clubs shouldn’t get there. Football is a great game, these things do happen,” Baker said.
“Unfortunately nobody’s been able to do the fairytale yet but I think it will happen one day.”
The potential of an upset on Tuesday loomed large after Adam Pengelly’s 52nd strike in all competitions this season in just the third minute put the Strikers 1-0 up.
City, however, flexed their muscles in a dominant second-half, Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren notching a brace as the visitors ran out comfortable winners.
Baker argued his team had been the architects of their own downfall in some aspects and with a more disciplined performance could have become the first club outside the A-League to reach an FFA Cup decider.
“The goals that we conceded, the first one was a mistake, the second one we could’ve done better,” he said.
“So I look at that and go, on another night we could have done this tonight. I geniunely believe that.”
Baker said if A-League clubs come calling for some of his Cup stars, such as the prolific Pengelly and goalkeeper Bon Scott, he won’t stand in their way. Pengelly’s 52 goals came in just 34 competitive matches this season.
“If they get offers in the A-League I’ll take them to the airport or drive them because that’s what we want to do,” he said.