Charlton Athletic manager Bob Peeters praised the impact of substitute Igor Vetokele after the striker salvaged his side a point in the 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.
The Belgian was introduced midway through the second half and bagged the equaliser 20 minutes from time when he turned in Rhoys Wiggins’ driven cross.
The Addicks were transformed in the second half after Royston Drenthe’s inspired display in the opening period had put the Owls in the driving seat at The Valley.
But the Dutchman’s sublime 27th-minute strike was eventually cancelled out by Vetokele, who returned from injury to bag his seventh goal of the season.
Peeters said of his star striker: “As soon as I called him to get ready to come on, I think the whole stadium went delirious.
“Vetokele and Gudmondsson are good players. We don’t have a big squad, but they can make a difference.
“We knew that their main threat was going to be Drenthe on our left side. One time we give the ball away, they break and he runs past everybody and scores a superb goal.”
Peeters was pleased with the response of his players in the second half following a below-par start to the game.
“Second half we changed things and I think we were by far the better team,” he added.
“We pushed, we got a lot of corners, a lot of shots, blocked shots, and we scored a deserved equaliser.
“I think we did everything, especially second half, to win the game.
“That’s the way I want to play and that’s the way the fans want us to play.
“Now we need to prepare for the Leeds game and away to Reading, because they will be two tough games in seven days.”
Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray refused to blame referee Andy D’Urso for not giving his side a penalty after Atedhe Nuhiu went down under Andre Bikey’s clumsy second-half challenge.
“We don’t seem to get many penalties at the moment, but there was no need for Nuhiu to go down,” he said.
“His next thought should have been to get a shot off.
“Andre Bikey’s made an error, Atedhe’s got the other side of him, so it’s a big decision because 2,000 Sheffield Wednesday fans have appealed for the penalty and I don’t think they are wrong.”
Gray added: “I’m just disappointed because I feel we have thrown two points away. We had better attempts at goal, Royston Drenthe was unplayable in the first half and Maguire’s had a great chance to make it 2-0 before half time.
“But in the second half, we were slow to get going and we were poor in possession.
“There was a 10-minute spell when they dominated the game and we had to hang in there and I thought ‘we’ve done it.’
“But then we were very poor for their goal and some of the boys thought he was offside.
“So it’s two big decisions in both boxes that we didn’t get - one being the penalty and one being offside for their goal.”