Watford Youngster Jonathan Bond has admitted that he will not forget his Hornets debut in a hurry.
The 18 year-old keeper was rushed in to action at Fratton Park yesterday as a substitute following Scott Loach’s sending off against Portsmouth.
The youngster who has been part of Sean Dyche’s match-day squad in recent weeks after returning from a loan at Forest Green earlier this season was given his first run-out with eight minutes remaining and the scoreline at 1-0.
And though he was powerless to prevent Hayden Mullins adding a second for Pompey, Bond was pleased that he didn’t have too much time to think about making his debut.
“You’ve always got to be ready. We’d made two subs already, and then Loachy was sent off and I had to come on and do a job,” he told the club’s website.
“The red card came out and I didn’t have much time to think about it really. I came straight on and helped defend the free-kick, which we did.”
“I think it was a good thing that I didn’t have time to think about things. I went straight in and I didn’t feel too nervous – I was just disappointed we didn’t get the win or a draw.”
“I think I’ll look back on my debut and realise what a big day it was for me personally, but at the moment I’m just disappointed we lost,” he added.