Wolves’ penalty shootout hero Aaron McCarey broke Walsall’s hearts – and then thanked them for giving him his chance at the Banks’s Stadium.
But he also insisted Wolves’ success had given the Molineux men the edge for the League One meeting in 13 days’ time.
Two-time Saddlers loanee McCarey marked his long-awaited Wolves debut with saves from Craig Westcarr and Andy Taylor in the shootout as Kenny Jackett’s side prevailed 4-2 after the first-round tie ended 2-2.
“I’m just grateful for Walsall for giving me the opportunity to play first-team football,” said the 21-year-old.
“And it’s good to get one over on Walsall with the league game coming up – we’ve got the bragging rights.
“They’re going to be up there and it gives us the edge going into the league games.”
McCarey imagined his Wolves bow would come in dramatic circumstances. “I always thought when I made my debut it would be saving a penalty with a few minutes to go,” he said.
“So to actually do it was surreal, and in front of the South Bank as well just topped it off.”
Meanwhile, Walsall’s Troy Hewitt says he is happy to bide his time after breaking his Saddlers duck.
The striker, a summer arrival from QPR, has been a substitute so far and came off the bench to fire home a superb left-footed volley.
“I haven’t had the most time on the pitch, but it is a long way to go in the season,” he said.
“I’m ready to wait, as I have been. I’ve no complaints.
“There are so many games left to come. There is no point me standing here and saying after scoring today I should play, that is not how it goes.”