Callum Jones won’t be forgetting Hull City’s victory at Harrogate Town in a hurry.
In just his fifth appearance for the Club, the 19-year-old was handed the captain’s armband for the first time at senior level.
Not only did he shine at right-back, the youngster scored his first career goal after winning and then converting a penalty.
His memorable night was topped off with a clean sheet as the Tigers ran out 2-0 winners in Papa John’s Trophy Northern Group H.
And the Wales U19 international admits it was a great feeling to skipper the side, having only found out earlier in the day.
“It was a proud moment,” said Jones, who has recently captained the U23s.
“The gaffer has trusted me which I’m appreciative of. Hopefully I did him proud and I did the club proud while I was wearing the armband.
“Before our pre-match meal, he said it in the meeting while he was naming the team. I was delighted.
“I enjoyed the challenge he gave me. He said to play at right-back – I played there for the U23s last week (against Charlton).
“I feel being a midfielder, it’s easier on the ball out there because you get more time. I can play through the lines and I’ve got more options out there.
“I’m an attack-minded player so I like to get forward. When the opportunity came, I thought I’d step in, cut across him.
“He can either let me go or take me down. He took me down and I had to try and score the penalty. I sent the keeper the wrong way and it went in.”
Jones’ spot-kick came 10 minutes after substitute James Scott had finally broken Harrogate’s resistance – the Tigers having missed a host of earlier opportunities.
“We had a few chances we didn’t take and that’s what we said at half-time – if we take those chances, it could be comfortable because we were controlling the game,” Jones commented.
“In the second half, we kicked on and scored two goals. The chances were quite clear-cut and the team performance was really good.
“We defended first and second balls, defenced crosses against some big boys – we dealt with it well.
“The team was solid, defensively and offensively.”
Victory against Grimsby next week will see the Tigers qualify for the knockout stages – and the academy product is dreaming of going all the way to Wembley.
“That’s something you dream of, playing at England’s stadium, no matter what the competition is,” Jones added.
“That’s what’s at stake, that’s fire in the belly. That’s the motivation – to try and get there and do as best we can in the competition.”
Jones is likely to rack up more appearances if the Tigers do progress to the latter rounds, having already got plenty of first-team minutes under his belt this season.
Asked if he has played more or less than expected, he replied: “More, definitely.
“Coming into pre-season, I thought I’d hopefully be in and around but the gaffer’s put his trust in me in the games I’ve played.
“Hopefully, I’m doing everything I can for him to keep trusting me and we’ll just have to see where that takes me towards the end of the season.”