KENNY Jackett was forced to miss Millwall's 2-1 win over Derby after being struck down with the flu – but assistant boss Joe Gallen believed he was at The Den in spirit.
Andy Keogh's second-half winner propelled the Lions into the top half of the Championship table for the first time this season and Gallen was delighted to claim three points in Jackett's absence.
"Kenny picked the team and he told me what training he wanted the team to do on Friday," Gallen said. "He was here, but not here if you know what I mean.
"He phoned me on Saturday morning just to say that he definitely wasn't coming but I had an idea on Thursday that he wasn't going to make it.
"I just carried on with what he would normally do. We just had a quick conversation this morning confirming that he wouldn't be here.
"A couple of years ago there was a game against Staines when he was ill as well, so I was ready."
The game was evenly-poised after Will Hughes cancelled out Liam Feeney's opener early in the second-half and Gallen believes Millwall showed great mental strength to bounce back.
"The team's been defending, running, working and blocking during the last nine games," he said. "That's been a big feature of our performances.
"It took us ten minutes to steady ourselves after the disappointment of conceding the equaliser just after half-time. Thankfully, with the spirit we've got we came back and managed to nick a tight game."
Feeney's 31st-minute strike had initially been ruled out for offside after Keogh was adjudged to have been interfering with play during the build-up.
But the decision was overruled by referee Darren Drysdale and Gallen admitted the Lions had benefitted from a slice of good fortune.
"I thought it was the best move of the first-half," he said. "It was a hell of a move.
"I think it came from a throw-in but there was some really good interplay, passing and movement. I was admiring that at the time and was thinking 'what a goal' to be honest.
"Our view from the dugout isn't very good. Andy is saying he didn't touch the ball. Usually once a decision is made it doesn't change, so we got a bit of luck.
"Having said that, I thought it was a dominant first-half performance and we deserved to be one-up."