Carlos Carvalhal, the Sheffield Wednesday boss, hailed left-back Daniel Pudil after the Owls stretched their unbeaten run to five matches.
Pudil, on a season-long loan deal from Watford, passed a late fitness test on a hamstring problem and was a key performer in the 3-1 victory over Preston North End last weekend.
Despite his girlfriend giving birth to their second child, Ella, early Saturday morning, Pudil started and claimed the second of the Owls’ goals.
Carvalhal told The Star: “It is a fantastic day for Daniel with his daugher being born and scoring the goal.
“In the last 20 minutes, he asked to be substituted but we told him to try and stay on because we needed more energy in midfield. He did very well.”
The Portuguese also praised midfielder Kieran Lee, who netted his second of the campaign on his 100th Wednesday outing. Lee admitted scoring and helping the team pick up maximum points was the “perfect way” to celebrate the landmark.
“I’m very happy for Kieran,” said Carvalhal. “He is a fantastic professional and a very good player. He deserves everything he gets.”
Substitute Lewis McGugan completed the scoring, hitting a spectacular lob over Jordan Pickford in added on time.
Carvalhal said: “Lewis was probably the only player on the pitch who could have scored that goal.
“Alex [Lopez] recovered the ball and passed to Lewis, who, with his technical quality, scored a fantastic goal.”
The Wednesday boss blamed fatigue for some of his players struggling to hit top form.
“It is normal after five matches in a short period that some players are not at the same level,” he said. “With the sequence of games, the players have run a lot of kilometres and didn’t play at the same level. Other coaches probably have the same problems as us.”