Oldham Athletic Apprentice Matty Carr had a night to remember as he made his first-team debut for Latics in Wednesday night’s pre-season friendly win against Bolton Wanderers.
The 17 year old central defender was given the final 18 minutes of Oldham’s 3 – 0 win against Bolton and found himself up against Swedish international Johan Elmander and the much travelled Robbie Blake.
However, the youngster resumed training with the rest of the Apprentices yesterday after a memorable evening.
Speaking to the Club’s official website he said:
“It was what dreams are made of as you want to be testing yourself against players like that. It was a great experience and I am loving it and I must admit I didn’t sleep much last night.”
“I have had a little sniff of the first team and know what it is like and hopefully I will get called up again and do a job for the first-team.”
Carr was informed on Tuesday he would be involved against Bolton having impressed manager Paul Dickov. He added:
“I have trained a number of times with the first team and it can only help if I want to become a better player.”
“I was told I would play some part in the game and was apprehensive and couldn’t wait to get on.”
“When I came on there was a set piece and the ball was whipped in and I won a big header against Elmander which was just the start I wanted.”
The youngster is now keen to press for further first-team action later this term but insists that will only happen if he continues to work hard, he explained:
“I must keep my feet on the floor and working hard and hopefully I will get called up again.”