Wheater's debut delight

New signing happy to get action

Wheater: Pleased

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David Wheater was delighted to have made his Premier League debut for Bolton at the weekend.

The January signing from Middlesbrough tasted his first top-flight action in a Wanderers shirt as he came on to replace the injured Zat Knight.

Wheater was happy to get involved with his new club, but admits it was far from easy in the 2-0 win over Everton.

"I just love playing football. I've been playing in the Championship for the last year-and-a-half and so coming back into the Premier League was tough - I was sweating so much at the end," he told the club's official website.

"I expected that because the pace is a lot quicker, but just to be given a chance and to get into the team was nice for me.

"I was sat there expecting another 90 minutes on the bench. I saw Zat stay down and I went to warm-up but then he got back up so I started to have a stretch.

"I've said before that Zat and Gary [Cahill] have been playing great and that I didn't expect to get straight into the team, and it's unfortunate that my chance has come through an injury.

"Everyone is hopeful that Zat's injury isn't too serious and that he can get back soon because we need that competition for places."