Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith says he realised 'a boyhood dream' when he made his starting debut for The Reds yesterday.
Smith was named in the starting line-up for the first time against Sheffield Wednesday at The City Ground and the 22-year-old was delighted to make his debut for the club in front of his own supporters.
Speaking after the game he said: “I want to make sure that I’m composed and assured but the biggest thing is that we retain our Championship status. It’s a boyhood dream to play for this club, it’s my 16th season here which not many others can say so I’m obviously delighted to be playing.
“At the same time though there is pressure to perform. It’s not like I can just come in, have a good time and be pleased with playing a few games, we need to win matches and now. Everyone wants an experienced goalkeeper and I’ve got over 100 games under my belt but now I want to build on that in the Championship.
“It’s a great compliment when people say that I’ve played well but it doesn’t come as a great surprise to myself. I want to keep playing well and improving every time I play and Forest have been fantastic as a football club for my development and I want to pay them back."
Smith produced an impressive display on his full debut for The Reds but admitted he was disappointed to leave the field on the losing side after Wednesday took all three points away from The City Ground.
He said: “Losing 2-1 on your debut is not ideal and to be honest I don’t think we deserved it. Obviously the penalty miss was a big moment and although we made it an exciting last 10 or 15 minutes, we couldn’t find that cutting edge to get a point. It’s really disappointing to lose this one.
“It seems to be the way it’s going at the moment that lots of wonder goals are being scored against us. You look at the goals at Leeds, Norwich and here today, you’d usually get one of those a season and we’ve had three in a few weeks. It was deflating today to concede so soon after missing the penalty.
“I don’t feel I could have done any more about the goals we conceded but I will go and have a look at the video to try and improve. It was a little bit surprising to come back into the team but the coaching staff have always encouraged me and said I’ll get my chance if I keep working hard."