Neil Warnock has joked he was nervous about handing Nathan Wooden his full league debut in Middlesbrough’s 1-Zero win over Nottingham Forest.
Marvin Johnson’s 81st-minute objective moved Boro as much as fifth within the Championship desk on Saturday.
Wooden, 18, impressed in central defence alongside Paddy McNair in his maiden league begin in senior soccer.
In his post-match tv interview, Boro boss Warnock quipped: “I mentioned to him [Wood] earlier than the sport, ‘had been you nervous final evening?’ He mentioned, ‘no’.
“I mentioned ‘properly I used to be, enthusiastic about enjoying you tomorrow, son!’”
Middlesbrough are unbeaten in eight video games and haven’t misplaced a league match because the opening day of the season.
Warnock was filled with reward for Wooden, who had made simply two substitute league appearances earlier than the Nottingham Forest conflict.
He mentioned: “Let’s not get carried away, but it surely’s a great begin. It’s his debut and I can’t fault something he did.
“It’s good for him to be enjoying alongside Paddy in a again 4 that’s doing rather well.
“He simply performed his personal recreation. That’s what I instructed him – ‘be regular, play your regular recreation and don’t take any possibilities’.
“He’s a smashing lad and that may do him the world of fine.”