IAN Evatt proved himself the ultimate tough man at Millwall, scoring with a diving header despite nursing a suspected broken nose.
The defender hurt himself in a training ground accident at Squires Gate 24 hours before the match.
He smashed his nose against the back of Brett Ormerod’s head and spent the journey to London with blood pouring from the wound.
But there were no signs of Evatt being any less committed than usual at the Den, where he produced a man of the match performance and grabbed his third goal in 10 games.
Keeper Matt Gilks explained: “It was a nasty collision. Evo headed the back of Brett’s head, which is hollow, and didn’t half hurt himself.
“There was a lot of blood pouring out. We don’t know whether it is broken or not but he certainly shrugged it off on Saturday and he played really well.”
Ahead of Friday’s first leg against Birmingham, Gilks says the squad intend to ignore all the fuss that is bound to accompany a play-off game and will stick to their usual routine.
He added: “We will do everything the same this week. We’ll keep training the same, keep the same day off and just approach it as we would any game.
“We can’t let ourselves get caught up in the media side of things, and the attention and pressure these games bring.
“We will totally focus on the job in hand and try to get ourselves in front at Bloomfield Road, then go to St Andrews and try to win that one as well. Whatever happens at our place, I am sure there will be no sitting back in the away game. We don’t play any other way but on the front foot.”
Gilks said the draw at Millwall was a good result, given the problems posed by the home side.
“Millwall were right at it from the start,” he said. “We weren’t under any illusions. We knew they weren’t going to roll over and let us do our stuff. I thought they were excellent for a team at the lower end of the table and with nothing to play for.
“They put us under pressure from a few corners towards the end but we have worked hard on defending set-pieces in recent weeks because we dealt with them well.
“That’s important because defending well in the play-off games is going to be vital.”