Sunderland loan goalkeeper Marton Fulop was pleased to make a winning debut in the Black Cats' 2-1 victory against Luton Town at the weekend.
Fulop was beaten after just five minutes by Dean Morgan, but the Hungarian helped his side hit back to take three points thanks to goals from Daryl Murphy and David Connolly.
He told the Evening Chronicle: "I found out on Friday I was playing because Darren Ward was unwell.
"I came here to play football but, with Darren being in such great form, all I could do was work hard in training and be ready for my chance.
"It was not very nice conceding a goal so early on my debut, but I put it to the back of my mind. We all knew there was plenty of time to get back into the game.
"I made some saves in the first half and Luton put us under massive pressure in the second period.
"However, our defenders stuck with it very well, they were brilliant."
Fulop, 23, joined Sunderland on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in late November.