Nathan Ferguson described his first-team debut as “surreal” after he starred at right-back during Albion’s opening day victory against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
The Baggies came from behind to win 2-1 at the City Ground thanks to goals from Kyle Edwards and Matt Phillips, capping off a great start to the 2019/20 season for Slaven Bilić’s side.
And Man-of-the-Match Ferguson, who provided the assist for Albion’s second strike, was delighted with the experience - reserving special thanks for his manager, teammates and supporters after the match.
“It was surreal. The fans that travelled made it easier,” said the 18-year-old Academy graduate.
“I found out that I was starting at the hotel. He (Bilić) made it clear that I was starting at right-back and I was just grateful for the experience.
“I’d say I was a mixture of nervous and excited (when I found out I was starting).
“I just wanted to get out there and show everyone what I’ve got to offer.
“I thought my performance was okay. I started slow but I got into it, but I was just really happy with the experience - the crowd made it so much easier, pushing you on.
“It will give me much more confidence, I just want to be able to push on now.
“In the dressing room they’ve been saying ‘put the trophy down’. But no, they were positive and saying well done, that we need to go again and stay positive, and not to get too ahead of ourselves because there is a whole season ahead of us.
“I’m just happy to have the three points, and I’m ready to go again next week. I’ll keep working hard in training and hopefully I get another opportunity.”