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Lads made debut easy - Pienaar

Steven Pienaar said it was 'a real pleasure' to make his debut so quickly after joining the club.

Steven Pienaar said it was ‘a real pleasure’ to make his debut so quickly after joining the club.

The midfielder stepped straight into the side for Saturday’s tough test at Newcastle after completing his move from Everton last week.

He put in a real shift down the left side in an end-to-end encounter at St James Park before being forced off by cramp with five minutes left of the 1-1 draw.

And he felt at home straight away in our forward-thinking team.

“It's always a real pleasure to make your debut, I didn't expect it to happen so quickly and I’m now looking forward to playing more games,” he said.

“It was my first training session on Friday. You have to get used to team-mates but we all want to play the same game, so it's quite easy.

“It's an attacking team and with the players here, we're always going to score goals.

“I hadn't played for two weeks, so I'm quite happy. I'll only get better.”

Steven described it as a ‘good point’ after Aaron Lennon’s equaliser in the 91st minute cancelled out Fabricio Coloccini’s opener.

“They had chances to put it away and we created enough chances to win the game but after going behind at a place like Newcastle, you have to be happy,” he added. “It could be a vital point.”