Having only joined on loan from Birmingham City a week ago, Nick Townsend made his Reds debut last night away at Scunthorpe United in the Capital One Cup, putting in a fantastic performance.
The ‘keeper was raring to go after being told a couple of days earlier he was going to start and he had a debut to remember following a string of important saves in a match that eventually saw the Reds progress to the next round after a 7-6 penalty shootout win.
On his debut, Nick said “I had an inkling a few days ago that I was going to start so I was ready. I loved every second of it and there is nothing better than winning a penalty shoot-out in front of your own fans, just wish I could have saved one!”
Although only signing on a youth-loan until November, Townsend wants to challenge Adam Davies for his first team place and added “I have come here to try and push Adam. When there is competition between goalkeepers it makes everyone better and the club can only benefit from it. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to play games and my aim is to play in the first team.”
Townsend doesn't turn 21 until November meaning he is another young member of Lee Johnson’s squad and he is well aware of the average age in the group. “We are a very young squad but we are hungry and we all know where we want to be. Being the same sort of age means we all want the same things but there are also older lads here to keep us level headed.”