Liverpool starlet Jay Spearing has hailed his first start for the club against Leeds as a 'special night'.
Highly-rated midfielder Spearing played the full 90 minutes of Liverpool's Carling Cup victory over Leeds at Elland Road.
Spearing impressed against Leeds and he is hoping to earn a regular run in Rafa Benitez's plans.
"It was a very special night for me to make my first start for the club," Spearing told the Liverpool Echo.
"To play the full 90 minutes was fantastic and we had to work hard for the win.
"The atmosphere was unbelievable and it was a great cup tie to play in.
"When I was warming up it was more excitement than nerves to be honest.
"We trained in the formation we used on the night on Monday so I thought I might have a chance of starting, and then when we got to the hotel the boss told me I was playing.
Grafted hard"It has been a long time coming waiting for my first start but I've had to keep grafting hard and wait for my chance. I knew it was going to come soon and thankfully we got the result we needed.
"I thought we battled well and it was a team effort. We wanted to get through so we can play more games in this competition.
"I felt I did alright and hopefully I've proved to the boss and the supporters that I can do it for the first team.
"I worked hard and just tried to show the manager what I'm capable of. Hopefully I will get another chance but I have just got to keep working hard and then take the chance when it comes."