Anthony Forde made his Premier League debut in Wolves’ 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and he is eager to get more games under his belt.

The Irish winger is the first outfield graduate from the Wolves academy to play in the Barclays Premier League, and just 13 days after turning 18 he is ready to become a part of the senior squad on a regular basis.

Wolves have struggled to bring players through in the top flight, but Forde said: “Hopefully there are a few of us who have shown some promise.

“But it’s very hard to get there in terms of the first team and we’ve got to keep on working."

Forde described his 15 minutes of playing time against Chelsea as ‘one of the best days of his life’, and added: “The gaffer had told me to play my normal game and enjoy it.

 

“I managed to get a few touches and put a couple of crosses in although it all went very quickly.

“It was brilliant to be up against Ashley Cole and all those Chelsea players and in front of over 41,000 fans as well. It was unbelievable and the best feeling ever when I ran on the pitch."

Describing how his debut came about, Forde said; “I didn’t know, until in the hotel before the game, when the gaffer named the squad.

“I heard my name read out and I was just delighted.

“Then when he told me to get warmed up and that I was coming on it was like a dream.”

 

Forde only other competitive first-team appearance was as a late substitute in a 4-0 Carling Cup victory over Northampton.

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