New boy Lolley on his debut and first weeks at Town
Joe Lolley’s debut as a substitute was one positive to come from last weekend's defeat at Leeds United – something the player believes was his latest step on a steep learning curve.
The 21 year-old’s much publicised rise up the leagues culminated in his first taste of Championship football at Elland Road last weekend and the former Kidderminster man told htafc.com he was happy to get on, despite the circumstances.
“It would have been nice to make my debut in a winning position and to help the team secure three points, but it was still a good experience to come on in that environment,” Joe explained.
“The atmosphere from both sets of fans was brilliant. I don’t think the team will play in front of a bigger crowd for the rest of the season, so hopefully getting that taste of action will set me up for the rest of the year.
“I wanted to get off to a good start and there have been some nice comments made about my performance. I thought I handled myself quite well on the day and I was pleased to get going.
“To come directly up against Stephen Warnock was a little surreal; two years ago I was paying money to watch him as a Villa fan! I enjoyed the experience though; I thought I did well.”
Despite his impressive first 20 minute cameo appearance on Saturday, Joe knows that he has to continue to progress to make his mark at ‘The Yorkshire Club’.
“I still have a lot to learn. A few of the forwards and I did some extra work after training on Monday and I learned things in that session that I’ve never done in my career so far. It’s a big learning curve, but I want to keep improving and eventually push my way into the first 11.”
Town host current FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways – and Lolley would love to play a part.
“The team has been good at home this season and we have two on the bounce now, so we’re aiming to get ourselves back up the table.
“I watched the Charlton game (Joe was cup tied) but I’ve not had the chance to be involved at our stadium yet, so I’d love to get some minutes and make my home debut on Saturday.”
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