Tosin Olufemi had no time for nerves before making his first-ever Colchester United start.

The young full-back was thrust into the firing line for the U’s after being handed his full debut in their 1-1 draw with Carlisle United.

Olufemi was only told by U's boss Joe Dunne on the evening of the game that he would take the place of virus-hit Ryan Dickson at left-back, for the visit of the Cumbrians.

But the 19-year-old produced a competent display which he almost capped with a goal, after hitting the bar with a fine shot in the first half.

Olufemi said: “I didn’t find out I was playing until the manager called the team out in the changing room.

“I didn’t know anything about it until then but he just told me to go out and try and enjoy the game and play without any pressure.

“I’m just happy that the gaffer has given me the confidence to go out and play.

“He almost expects you to make mistakes but if you get on with it and try and do the right things, he encourages you a lot.

“It was great to make my first league start for Colchester and I’m buzzing.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a while but I got my chance and I enjoyed the game.”

See Monday's Gazette for more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including a full match report, pictures and reaction to their 1-1 draw with Carlisle United.