Michael Kightly emerged from the away dressing room on to the pitch at Roots Hall but the new Wolverhampton Wanderers winger was certainly not without support.
The winger, signed from Grays Athletic, had been desperate to play against his old team Southend United on his debut and his satisfaction was doubled by last Saturday's 1-0 away win for his new club.
As well as the 1,200 travelling Wolves fans, he had plenty of encouragement from 18 friends and members of his family watching from the stands.
"Getting my debut was a real buzz for me. I was told on Tuesday that there might be a chance of me playing," said the 20-year-old Kightly. "When I first signed I looked at the fixture list and saw Southend and thought 'that's the one'. I felt the games against Blues and Sunderland would be a bit soon for me.
"I had 18 people here watching me so I had to get 18 tickets for the game. It was really good to have my family and friends here.
"Southend haven't been doing so well of late but everyone knows they are decent side. So to get three points away from home was a good result for us and I think we deserved it all in all."