Saturday's 0-0 FA Cup draw with Stoke may not live long in the memory for many Palace fans, but it was a game that Jason Banton will remember for the rest of his life as he made his first appearance for the Eagles first team by appearing as a 68th minute substitute.
Having featured for Arsenal, Liverpool and Blackburn at youth level, the 20 year old joined Palace in the summer having been released from Leicester City and after making an impact for the development side this season the pacy wide man was rewarded with a first-team opportunity, and he spoke to Palace Player about how he came to arrive at Selhurst Park.
“I started off as a kid at Arsenal, at 15 moved to Blackburn where I did my first year apprenticeship, then moved to Liverpool, where I did my second year and signed a pro contract there. I left to got to Leicester City and then from there I went on to Burton Albion and played one league game - my only first team experience since Saturday.
“I knew I was going to be in the match day squad (against Stoke) and I was just excited to be involved. The gaffer gave me the nod to say "yeah get ready you're coming on". Then the nerves kick in, but not really because the gaffer speaks to you and he doesn't let you feel like you're under any pressure, and just go on and enjoy yourself."
Banton feels the team made a good impression against Premier League opposition and were unlucky to come away with a draw.
“I thought it was really good and we were unlucky not to nick a goal in the first five minutes when we was really on top. It was a difficult game and I do feel, against Premier League opposition like Stoke, we held our own. I thought I did well, especially coming on against a Premiership team like Stoke, who are known to be a big physical team, I held my own, put myself about and I thought I gave a good account of myself.”
To hear the full interview with Jason, click here.