Karl Darlow has told Forest Player of his delight after starting his first game for The Reds in Monday’s Capital One Cup victory over Fleetwood.The 21-year-old, who is keen to secure another loan move this season in order to continue his development, stepped up in Lee Camp’s absence but revealed it wasn’t until a week before the game that he knew he would be starting.
Darlow said: “About three weeks ago I was told that he [Camp] had been called up to the Northern Ireland team but, being a friendly, it was undecided as to whether or not he was going to play. It went down to the last week so I had to prepare myself properly.
“It was a great experience. Obviously I got a taste of it when I came on against Crystal Palace a couple of years ago but to be put in the starting line-up was a big thing and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
The youngster, who is held in high regard at The City Ground, spent time on loan at Blue Square Premier side Newport County last season and admitted that his spell in South Wales was the ideal preparation for his full first team debut.
“I felt comfortable from the start, nothing phased me.” he said.
“As soon as I touched the ball I knew that I was going to be fine and, to be honest, that we were going to win.
“For a ‘keeper, a clean sheet is the best thing you can ask for. It’s all you want - it doesn’t matter how you get it as long as you keep the ball out of the net.”
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