Lewis McGugan climbed off his sickbed to become Sheffield Wednesday’s cup hero at Newcastle.
The midfielder revealed he had been laid up with flu for two days prior to the Owls’ trip to St James’ Park but said there was no way he would miss out on his first taste of action for five weeks.
And it paid off as he rattled in the 76th minute winner to send Wednesday through.
“I’ve been bed-bound for the last two days with the flu,” he said. “I always wanted to try to be involved.
“If it meant I’d be struggling on Thursday, then so be it.
“As soon as I went out there, I was alright. It was definitely worth it.”
McGugan’s return to action came after a month of uncertainty when it appeared as though he had fallen out of Carlos Carvalhal’s plans.
After starting the first three league games, McGugan was included in just two of the next five matchday Championship squads and failed to come off the bench in both.
But the 26-year-old says a ‘hectic’ month brought on by the birth of his son played a big part in his absence from the squad.
And he is now hoping for a regular run in the Owls side.
He said: “I’ve just become a father so it’s been a hectic month.
“It was nice to just be back to normal again. My little boy is here now and that’s fantastic but I’ve just got to try and get back to work now.
“It’s time for dad to go out and earn the money.”