Monday, February 22nd, 2016
Zak Vyner declared his first taste of senior football “crazy” after completing 90 minutes on his Bristol City debut in Saturday’s 2-0 win at MK Dons.
The 18-year-old has been a standout performer for the club’s Under-21 side and an unused substitute for the first team on three occasions.
Vyner, who moved from London to Bath in his youth and has been on the books at Ashton Gate since the age of seven, put in an accomplished display in a crucial game – despite a few pre-match butterflies.
“It was a whirlwind day,” he told Bristol City Player HD. “It was crazy. The pace is quick and you’ve got to get used to it early doors.
“Mark Little had a fitness test and I didn’t hear until about an hour before the game that I was going to be starting.
“But it still gave me a bit of time to prepare for it and I thought I was ready.
“When he (the gaffer) first told me I was very nervous, but once I got on the ball I was alright.
“Luckily I had a few touches quite early on, which helped me get into the game, but you can tell it’s a step up because it’s so fast.”
Vyner, a centre-back by trade, admitted he is not blessed with great experience at right-back despite making such an assured start to his professional career.
“The closest I’ve played is as a right-sided centre-half, so I’ve not played as a right-back in an actual game for City recently,” he added.
“But I’ve been playing right-back since the gaffer’s been here (in training), so it was pretty comfortable and I knew what I had to do.
“I knew the roles and the shape of the team, so it wasn’t too foreign to me.
“I’m buzzing. I want it more and more now.”