Gary Doherty revealed that he was marking a personal hero when he lined up against Newcastle on Sunday.
The central defender, who has just put pen to paper on a new contract, certainly played his part in shackling the threat of visiting strikeforce Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy. The former is a player that 'Doc' greatly admires from his years growing up watching the game.
"It was the first time I've ever played against Shearer and he is a bit of a hero to me," he revealed. "I grew up watching him and it was a great experience to play against him.
"He's very clever and uses his body so well. He never really does foul you, as such, but sometimes he does use obstruction and he is so good at it. I've got a lot of respect for him.
"I've got a cut on my ankle from a clash in the first half, but I'm glad to have played against someone of that calibre and glad I held my own, I think.
"It was a difficult game. When you go into it you know you are playing against Shearer and Bellamy, who are top class strikers and a great pairing with the different attributes they've got.
"I thought me and Anthony coped quite well and they didn't have many chances. We can be happy with the way we played and the way the team played."