Giles Coke is bidding to repay a debt that he believes he owes to Sheffield Wednesday fans and his teammates.
The midfield player has admitted that he let everyone down by getting sent off for a two-footed tackle in a 3-0 defeat at Tranmere and having to serve a three-match ban.
It also cost him his starting place for last Saturday’s game against Plymouth.
But he scored as a sub in the 4-2 defeat and challenges for a full recall at Oldham tonight.
“I think I let the fans and the boys down by being sent off,” he said. “It cost us.
“Hopefully I can put it right in our last 14 games.
“It was a silly mistake that I made. It’s vital if you make a mistake that you learn from it.
“I tried to get the ball. Looking at it. I don’t know what I was thinking, going in with two feet. It was silly.”
His goal on Saturday pulled the Owls back to 2-1.
He hopes that the hour-long dressing-room inquest into the defeat will have the desired effect:
“We want to keep in house what was said. The boys and the gaffer got a few things off their chest.
“It was a good meeting. Now, we have to look forward to the next game and put things right.
Manager Gary Megson has described his team’s defending as “hopeless” and reflected: “In January, arguably we spent more money than anybody outside the Premier League.
“Since then our record has been really abject. We have to try to sort it out with what we have.”
Possibly considering changes in personnel tonight, he added: “It’s a case of hopefully picking themselves up, dusting themselves dowm, and coming in with an attitude of ‘right, that’s the last time it happens’.
“But I’ve mentioned drawing a line in the sand at least twice, for the Rochdale and Tranmere games, and the same things have happened.
“There has to be a realisation that what’s happening just isn’t acceptable.”