Dan Batty 'loved every minute' of his league debut at Brentford on Sunday.
The 20-year-old Academy product played the full 90 minutes of the 1-1 draw with the Bees in what was his first taste of league football, with all three of his previous appearances this season coming in cup competitions.
Delighted to be given the nod by Head Coach Nigel Adkins, Batty was quick to stress how much he enjoyed the occasion when speaking to Tigers TV after the game.
“What an experience,” he said.
“I’ve been working hard for my opportunity all season. I’m grateful to the gaffer for giving me my chance on Sunday – I loved every minute of it!
“To get 90 minutes was brilliant for me personally. It was a hard game, but one that I enjoyed immensely.
“Credit to the fans who made the trip down South as well – they were great! We couldn’t have asked for any more from them whatsoever.”
Batty started alongside Seb Larsson at the heart of the Tigers’ midfield and the youngster was grateful for the presence of the experienced Swede – both in the build-up to and during the game at Griffin Park.
“Seb was great with me in the build-up to the game. He spoke to me about how he started out in the game and how he felt when he made his first league appearance.
“It was a good heads up for me and it was nice to have someone with Seb’s level of experience alongside me, which helped to make the whole experience even more enjoyable.”
Reflecting on the game itself, the midfielder added: “It was a tough march and a lot of hard work had to be put in by everyone in the team.
“They were strong on the break and caused us a few problems, but we defended well as a team after conceding the early and did well to find a way back into the game with Jarrod’s equaliser. In the end, a draw was probably the fair result.”