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BEST YET FOR BARCHY

Posted on 9 November 2006  - 12:00

Andy Barcham admitted sleep was at a premium after he was tipped off over the strong possibility of a starting place against Port Vale on Wednesday.

Andy Barcham admitted sleep was at a premium after he was tipped off over the strong possibility of a starting place against Port Vale on Wednesday.

The speedy striker took a call from coach Chris Hughton revealing the likely absence of Mido on Tuesday night, leaving the mind of the 19-year-old racing over the prospect of a first team run-out at the Lane.

The reserve team regular reflected on the whole experience and a repeat performance is next on his footballing wish list.

"It was the best feeling ever," said the Academy graduate after the victory that saw us progress to the quarter finals of the Carling Cup. "I was so happy to get the call up, although I was a bit nervous at the beginning. Once you get used to the crowd it is like a normal game of football and I enjoyed myself.

"Chrissie rang me lon Tuesday night to say the gaffer was thinking of playing me because Mido had pulled out after a knock in training. Even though I was delighted with that, I didn't want to jump the gun and assume I was playing.

"I really struggled to sleep, I was that excited over the thought of playing at White Hart Lane for the first team.

"It is very different to the reserve set-up, but it is what I want to do and progress to. If I can get more chances it will only help me.

"Port Vale did well and when I was on the pitch it was quite tight. I had a word with Chrissie afterwards and he said it opened up a bit after I came off. It's a shame I wasn't on the pitch when that happened as I could have got on the ball more.

"I am just happy to have played though and I won't forget it."

Making his debut was another reason to the be cheerful for Barchy, who recently signed a new contract to extend his stay at the Club, another major boost to his confidence.

"It is and I'm delighted with it," he beamed. "I've been working hard and it is good to get a reward for it.

"It is a bit of security for me, when you play season to season and hope for a renewal it can be difficult to relax under the pressure. It will not affect the way I play, I'm still going to give it my all to try and get better and express myself on the pitch."