Notts County loanee Ben Hall is delighted to be in the first-team frame after making his debut for the club in midweek.
The defender, who joined on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion last month, deputised for Shaun Brisley after the former Carlisle man succumbed to illness ahead of the victory against Carlisle.
And, while Brisley may recover in time to make the trip to Newport County this weekend, for now Hall is simply happy to have impressed with his first opportunity in the black and white.
“It felt good,” he said. “I’ve had to wait a while to get my chance but I’m glad that, when it came, I took it.
“I was at Motherwell when I was at 18 and had a few senior appearances there but since I’ve been to Brighton this has been my first loan.
“I missed playing in front of a crowd and playing for three points every week, which is why I wanted this.
“It’s a good group of lads to come into and we’re all working towards the same aim – promotion.”
It was a physical, scrappy affair against the Cumbrians but, having cut his footballing teeth in Northern Ireland and Scotland, Hall says he was well prepared for his baptism of fire.
“It was everything I expected, really – just head it, kick it, defend!” he laughed.
“I enjoy that side of the game, so it was a good experience for me. That’s the style I’m used to.
“When I came down to England I knew [the more expansive] side of my game was something I had to improve on and I think I’ve done that at Brighton.”
Hall will travel to Newport with his team-mates this afternoon and, should he be handed his second start, he’s expecting another direct affair.
“The manager has shown us their threats from long throws and set pieces,” he said. “We’re prepared for that and looking forward to it.”