Newcastle United teenager Dan Barlaser has spoken about the enormous impact being named on the bench last week had for him.
Barlaser, 19, was one of three youngsters picked among the substitutes against West Bromwich Albion, along with Callum Williams and Liam Gibson.
The trio did not make it onto the field in the important 1-0 win, but simply being part of such a huge match was a real show of trust from Steve McClaren, as well as an indication of injury problems the first team are currently facing.
Barlaser is an England youth international winger, also eligible to play senior football for Turkey.
He told the club's official website about how it was such a thrill to be involved - before netting for the under-21s days later in front of a watching Steve McClaren.
He said: "Saturday was an unbelievable experience. The crowd was amazing - I was kind of shaking!
"I was really thankful for being on the bench, and really happy to score on Monday night, and hopefully I'll get another chance soon."
Barlaser has two goals and two assists in 13 under-21 games for Newcastle this season,
A relegation fight is a difficult scenario in which to blood young players, but if Newcastle can get to April with safety already secured, then it makes sense to give players like Barlaser a real chance in competitive games - but if he continues to impress in the under-21s, he may get opportunities even sooner.