Young defender discusses impressive debut in 4-1 win over Middlesbrough U21 in the Checkatrade Trophy.
- WATCH: Academy graduate Tylor Golden on making his Wigan Athletic debut
- Golden says he loved the experience
- Golden: “I have made a lot of sacrifices and I am so happy and proud to get out there and make a full first team debut”
Wigan Athletic academy product Tylor Golden was delighted to make his competitive first team debut in Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over Middlesbrough U21 at the DW Stadium.
Golden has been around the first team setup this campaign but finally made his bow on Tuesday and was understandably proud.
“I absolutely loved it,” Golden said. “There have been many long years that have gone into it through my development. I have made a lot of sacrifices and I am so happy and proud to get out there and make a full first team debut.
“My family came to the game; my Mum, Dad and Brother were all here and my girlfriend and her Mum were here too which was great extra support for me.
“I get great support from everyone and I wouldn’t be able to do this without them, to be honest, they have always been there for me from a young age.
“I am really happy with myself; I was a little bit nervous but once I was out there warming up and I got the first touch in the game, I felt a bit more relaxed. I had some edgy moments but I was always going to get that.
“The team played very well and it was a good 4-1 win.”
Golden impressed throughout but arguably his most impressive contribution came in the second half when he ended an energetic run with a pin-point cross for Noel Hunt to head in Latics’ third.
A nice moment for Golden after the former Republic of Ireland international has taken him under his wing.
“Hunty has been great with me, ever since I have been involved with the first team at Scunthorpe – he took me under his wing there and made sure I was alright,” Golden explained.
“He’s a top-class lad and a great guy.”
Also watching on in the stand were academy staff and under 18s coach Nick Chadwick and academy manager Gregor Rioch.
And Golden says the Christopher Park staff are the best he’s ever worked with.
“The staff are the best I have ever worked with,” he added. “It’s a family-orientated club, that makes you feel comfortable and makes you want to do well for them as well as yourself because they are putting so much in to make you a better player.
“If you don’t try your best for them, you are disrespecting them in a way, because they are putting the hours in as much as we are – they’re excellent staff and I couldn’t have any better.”
It’s back to under-18 football for Golden now and Tuesday night the under-18s face a tough test at Morecambe in the FA Youth Cup, a game the young Latics will be well up for according to Golden.
“Morecambe away next Tuesday will be a big game; hopefully we can right a wrong having lost their earlier in the season, “ he added.
“All of the boys will be up for it; we have a lot of first year scholars who will be playing in the competition for the first time but it’s the FA Youth Cup and you don’t need much inspiring for that.”