Frank Fielding completed his first 90 minutes in a Millwall shirt on Saturday - and praised his fellow Lions goalkeeping union for helping him through "some dark times" during his long road to recovery.
The 32-year-old stopper played the full game as Gary Rowett's side advanced to the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 2-0 win over National League side Boreham Wood at Meadow Park, and in speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, he gave his thoughts on the victory.
Kenneth Zohore and Shaun Hutchinson found the net to ensure The Lions' safe passage into Monday night's draw.
"The FA Cup always produces magic and upsets - we wanted to make sure we weren't on the wrong side of the result today," he said. "All the lads were very professional and stuck at it. We knew it was going to be a difficult game, but we got the result we wanted."
Fielding suffered an injury which would cut his debut - and season - short during the first-half of the opening day success over Preston North End in August 2019, with Bartosz Bialkowski taking his place and cemeting his name into the number one spot.
Setbacks followed for the goalkeeper in his recovery and attempts to return to full fitness, but the former Derby County and Bristol City man was full of praise for Millwall's medical department and those closest to him within the club.
"I'm obviously relieved, it's been a long time coming. There have been some dark times, but that's football. I got a nice run-out today and I really enjoyed it.
"The medical department kept me going - three surgeries back-to-back wasn't nice, and I didn't expect to walk through the door on day one at Calmont Road and spend the whole year in the gym, but it is what it is. I'm just delighted it's over and I can look forward.
"We've got a great goalkeeping set-up here. There's Joe Wright and Sandy [Ryan Sandford], whose attitudes are spot on, and the big man [Bartosz Bialkowski] is the big man, he's a great guy to be around. LT [Lee Turner] keeps us working hard as well - I'm delighted to have been able to do my bit today."