Nathan Buddle on his Football League debutDefender Nathan Buddle spoke to us about making his Football League debut at Oxford last weekend.
"With the circumstances as they were, everything was a bit of a rush when I came on last week," he said. "I had to quickly get ready and go on, but I was over the moon to finally get a bit of pitch time.
"I've had to be patient and work hard and the gaffer has been great. He's kept talking to me and told me to keep my focus because my chance would come.
"I got the opportunity on Saturday and hopefully it wasn't just a flash in the pan. I'll keep working hard and hopefully I'll get a couple more opportunities before the end of the season."
"I didn't have a lot of time to think about it at Oxford because I was told I was coming on as soon as Troy [Archibald-Henville] was sent off," he explained. "The gaffer just smiled at me and told me to enjoy it, so that took the pressure off.
"Playing against people like Jonas Gutierrez and Siem De Jong when we went over to Newcastle was a great experience. It's nice to be able to say you've played against players like that but, like I said, you're just dying to be in the first team and playing at Brunton Park on a Saturday."
And on the step up from part-time to full-time football, he said: "I had a word with the gaffer about three weeks ago and we both agreed that I look a lot sharper than I was when I joined the club about two months ago.
"I feel a lot fitter and that's the difference between training twice a week, then playing on a Saturday, and training five days a week. I know myself that I feel a lot sharper with the ball and with the other work I have to do."
"The lads have been great with me which has made the settling in period a lot easier," he told us. "Hopefully I can get a couple of starts before the end of the season and earn the chance to play by staying in the gaffer's thoughts."
"First and foremost is for us to get the points we need. I think the dressing room is a bit frustrated because we know we've got bags of ability and talent. We've got to apply it on a Saturday and we'd been doing that until the Oxford game. If we can get it right we know we've got enough to stay up comfortably.
"We've got two massive opportunities with two winnable games over the Easter weekend. We'll go into both games feeling we can get three points.