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League debut for Plummer

2 December 2013

Loan signing's first appearance for Latics

New loan signing Ellis Plummer admitted his Football League debut was an eye opener.

The 19-year-old Manchester City defender played left back for Latics in yesterday's 1-1 draw against Bradford City at Boundary Park.

Plummer (pictured) said: "I enjoyed the game, but it is a lot different to what I am used to. I will learn from the experience and hopefully will do better next time.

"The pace of the game, how the opposition play and appearing in front of a big crowd is much different to playing for City's Elite Development Squad."

It was an eventful afternoon for Audenshaw-based Plummer who was substituted midway through the second half. He had been booked and was in danger of being sent off.

Plummer was satisfied with how he played, especially as it was his first appearance since October due to an injury lay off through a groin problem.

He said: "I thought I did alright in the first half, though I was disappointed to be booked. I then had to come off because I was in danger of being sent off.

"It was a rash challenge, but you don't get booked for them in reserve-team games. I need to use my head more, learn from the experience and do better next time.

"It was also my first game for over a month and that probably explains why I tired in the second half."

Plummer, a former England under-17 international, added that the loan came about quickly on transfer deadline day.

He said: "I received a call on Thursday from my EDS manager Patrick Vieira saying he has spoken to Lee (Johnson) and Latics wanted somebody to play left back and he was interested in me.

"He asked whether I was interested and I replied 'yes' as I had not been out on loan before.

"I was excited and had to get the papers signed quickly before the deadline and I am looking forward to the next month.

"I have reached the age when I need to be playing first-team football, but obviously that that is difficult at City so this is a good move for me."

Plummer added that making his FA Cup debut for Latics against Mansfield Town this weekend would be a thrill.

He explained: "I have always dreamed of playing in the FA Cup and it will be great to play in the competition.

"And if we win through to the third round, we would have the chance of landing a big tie, may be Manchester City away which would be interesting!"

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