Belief, unity and the fans – those are the factors on delighted Michael Hefele’s mind.
Just 10 months on from signing at Town from Dynamo Dresden – where he was also immensely popular – Hefele did a great defensive job at Hillsborough before scoring one of the penalties in the shoot-out which took Town through 4-3.
“It was such a big game, brilliant, with the atmosphere against us – but our fans supported us so well,” said the big man.
“We always believed, even when we were 1-0 down – we always had it in our mind that we are a strong team.
“We believe in ourselves and we are all together – now we are ready (for the final).”
Nahki Wells, with the help of a deflection, put Town level after Steven Fletcher had opened the scoring for Wednesday with a header.
After that, Town dominated, but there were no more goals in extra-time – so it went to the shoot-out.
Jack Payne missed the chance to seal it before Ward saved from Fernando Forestieri to spark wild celebrations.
“I watched the match between Reading and Fulham and I could see what it means to go to Wembley – it’s such a big thing, unbelievable!” added Hef.
“I am very thankful that I’m here and I would like to thank my family, who always support me.
“Now I will dream and hopefully it will come true.
“It’s just one step, but we want to go to the Premier League – that’s what it’s about.”