Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has admitted that he was nervous while making his debut against Chelsea on Saturday.
The youngster, who is the Magpies’ third-choice custodian, started the Premier League clash at St. James’ Park on the substitutes’ bench.
However, with Rob Elliot suffering an injury in the first half, manager Alan Pardew had to call upon Alnwick at half time.
Facing the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas is not easy, but Alnwick gave a good account of himself in the second 45 minutes.
"I was a little bit nervous but it was slightly easier coming on at half-time because I didn't have time to think about it too much,” he told BT Sport after the match, according to BBC Sport.
“It was a great experience for me and I'm just happy to get the victory. Everyone backed me and showed me great support, the gaffer, the backroom staff, everyone.”
The defeat to Newcastle was Chelsea’s first in the Premier League this season.