Sheffield Wednesday: A whirlwind day for proud dad Daniel Pudil

Daniel Pudil
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The birth of your child, passing a fitness test, scoring a vital goal – it is all in a day’s work for Daniel Pudil.

The left back has proved a big hit since arriving at Hillsborough on loan from Watford last month.

The true extent of his impact was laid bare when Carlos Carvalhal revealed he had rejected Pudil’s request to be substituted in the final 20 minutes of the Owls’ win over Preston North End, after scoring the goal that put Wednesday 2-0 up.

Pudil’s desire for an early end to his afternoon’s work was understandable, given his daughter Ella was born in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Plus there was the fact he did not have any idea as to whether he would be fit enough to play against North End when he left the Jessop Wing.

“I found out I was playing on the morning,” Pudil said.

“On the morning I was at the hospital watching my daughter being born.

“I went back to the bed to sleep for a couple of hours.

“In the morning I met someone at the training down to do the final medical test because I had one session in the week.

“I trained at 60 to 70 per cent running and some of it with the ball to check the hamstrings.

Owls Daniel Pudil beats Preston keeper Jordan Pickford

Owls Daniel Pudil beats Preston keeper Jordan Pickford

“I came back to the training ground and we did the final session.”

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From there, the Czech Republic international was whisked into the starting XI with his goal ultimately proving decisive.

It appeared that Atdhe Nuhiu attempted to claim the goal after sliding in to make sure the ball crossed the line.

On any other day, Pudil may have allowed his team mate to take the glory – but not on Saturday.

He said: “I don’t mind who scores the goals.

“If the goal is given to Nuhiu, of course with the day, it would be nice if the goal was mine.

“I don’t really mind who scores the goals as the most important thing is we win the game.

“It doesn’t matter who scores the goal as long as the team is successful.”

Though head coach Carvalhal favours a rotation policy, a first choice back four is beginning to take shape with Pudil lining up alongside Jack Hunt, Tom Lees and Michael Turner in the Owls defence.

Though the 30-year-old knows he is under pressure to perform with alternatives waiting in the wings, he accepts that strength in depth is vital if Wednesday are to have a successful campaign.

He said: “In the Championship, you need a big squad to be successful.

“You can play up to 50 games in a season. If you have only 13 to 14 players, that is not enough as you can pick up suspensions or injuries.

“It is much better having the big squad that we have.”