Ross Fitzsimons was pleased with the role he played during Notts County’s 2-2 draw with Northampton on Saturday.
The goalkeeper was introduced as a second-half substitute following Ryan Schofield’s red card and his first action was to pick the ball out of his net as the resultant free-kick was deflected home.
But he went on to make several saves to earn an important point for Notts – something he was happy with.
“You have to be ready for situations like that when you’re out of the team and I’m glad I could do my bit,” said Fitzsimons.
“There’s no time to feel your way into the game and I had to come on and help the boys out because if you’re not up to the pace you get caught out.
“When the first thing you do is pick the ball out of your net, you think it’s going to be one of those days but I blocked that out of my mind and did my bit for the team.
“For however long I am in the team, I will help the boys out as much as I can because I want us to stay up.”
Fitzsimons was shielded by a resilient Notts defence who threw their bodies on the line to preserve the point.
“We knew it would be wave after wave of attack and we did well to keep them out,” he said.
“It’s hard with a man sent off against a big, physical team so, given the circumstances, it’s a good point.
“You can see the passion in the team at the moment with the way we were throwing their bodies in front of everything to make blocks and that is a massive thing.
“Of course it will continue to be tough and we are still in the thick of it so we just have to win as many games as possible and get as many points as we can.”