Scot Bennett was delighted to finally make his Exeter full debut, three-and-a-half years after signing professionally.
Bennett signed pro forms with the Grecians, aged 17, after progressing through the club's centre of excellence, but has had to be patient for his first full start.
However, due to Richard Duffy's ankle injury and Troy Archibald-Henville's one-match suspension, the 21-year-old was called into the starting line-up for the 2-0 defeat at Bury on Saturday. And after a long time waiting on the sidelines, the centre-back is hopeful he can prove his worth to manager Paul Tisdale.
"I have been on the bench a lot and I haven't started as many games as I would have liked. But with the team doing so well last year I couldn't get in, so it has been a long time coming," he told the Western Morning News.
"You just have to keep working hard, keep training and get your head down and when you do get in the team you have to try and take your chance. That's all you can do.
"It's hard for a manager to bring on a defender, but it is a very hard position to break into as a young player because they (the management) have to trust you. Knowing that the manager trusts me when I am still young is good for me, it's nice to know he trusts you."