Charlton Athletic's Jordan Cousins writes for the KM Group
It’s been a great start to the season for me personally and to make my first-team debut in the Capital One Cup win against Oxford United was a dream come true.
I’ve played at The Valley before in the FA Youth Cup but this was totally different.
We were three goals up when I got the call from the gaffer to get ready to come on and straight away the nerves kicked in. But once I got out there I tried to play my normal game and the seven or so minutes I was on for flew by.
Of course, when you come on for your first appearance you want to make an impression and it was good to play a part in the final goal for a player I know well – Joe Pigott.
Me and ‘Pig’ came up through the ranks and it was great to see him get his chance up front. When I drove forward from midfield and was tripped in the box in injury time, there was little doubt in my mind that he would go in search of the ball.
He’s a good penalty-taker and it was great to see the ball end up in the back of the net. I’ve played a few positions for the club since coming through the youth ranks but at the moment I’m in a holding midfield role and enjoying it.
It was a massive learning curve to play alongside some of the senior boys during pre-season and to see my name on the list for the tour of Spain was a real boost.
They have been great with me during games, talking to me, giving me information and encouraging me. That allowed me to express myself and helped my confidence.
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