Waterford ace Jamie Barron says their All-Ireland SHC semi-final victory over Cork this afternoon was inspired by Tadhg de Búrca's absence.
The suspended wing-back learned late on Thursday night that he would be unavailable for the Deise men after having his one-match suspension upheld by the DRA and Barron said after today's 4-19 to 0-20 victory that he deserved to be lining-out in an All-Ireland final.
"During the week we were told that Tadhg wouldn't be playing, and that was a big incentive for us to get over the line," Barron told RTÉ Sport.
"I don't think it was a big disruption - obviously Tadhg is a massive player for us, he's an unbelievable player - but we said Tadhg deserves to be in an All-Ireland final, and thankfully we were able to get it over the line today."
He added: "We're happy to have gotten to an All-Ireland final," he added. "We go out every day and sometimes we are criticised for not getting goals - but we got four today.
"The sending off had a big impact I suppose, but we went out and set our stall out to work hard.
"We're delighted to be there and we'll work hard for the next three weeks and give it a right good rattle against Galway."