Youngster Liam Marsden was pleased to make his professional debut for Mansfield Town in today's Sky Bet League Two clash with Torquay United.
Despite the match in a 3-1 win for the visitors, the 19-year-old was named the club sponsors’ Man of the Match.
Marsden said: “It’s always good to have your debut after coming through the club’s youth ranks, but it’s a shame about the result.
“It was a very tough game. They were obviously fighting as hard as they could chucking everything at us.
“There’s a quicker tempo in the first team to playing in the youth team, but hopefully I can kick on and get used to this now.
“I didn’t know I'd received the 'man of the match' award until I came off the pitch and was told to go upstairs for some interviews, so it certainly came as a shock.”
With several key attributes to make it as a regular starter in the future for the Stags, many were impressed with Marsden’s long throw-ins which caused the Torquay defence numerous problems this afternoon.
“I’ve had that technique for quite a while now, but never really had the chance to use it,” explained Marsden. “We had some good chances from it, so hopefully we can use this more often and get a few goals.
“It was a big thing for me coming up from the youth-ranks. It’s always good to get your debut, but it’s just a shame about the result.”
Despite feeling disappointed with a debut defeat, Marsden is optimistic he can make more appearances for our first team as well as many of the club’s other youngsters.
He continued: “There are some good players coming through aged 16 and 17, so hopefully they will come through like I have.
“I’ve got to keep working hard and not lay off from here. This is just the start, so I’ve got to keep kicking on, working on my fitness and hopefully I’ll get my rewards.”