Ritchie: It was a dream come true

Matt Ritchie reflected on his Premier League debut and admitted: It's a dream come true.

Ritchie delivered a man-of-the-match performance on his first league start for the Blues in last night's 0-0 draw at Wigan.

The Gosport 20-year-old re-vealed it had been one of the best days of his life to become a top-flight player for the club he has always supported.

Ritchie was joined by Emsworth-born Joel Ward in the starting 11, with teenager Lenny Sowah coming on for his second appearance in a blue shirt.

They all did themselves proud as Pompey grafted for a deserved point.

The midfielder admitted the fact he has worn the star and crescent at the highest level still hasn't sunk in.

Ritchie said: 'It was one of the best days of my life.

'It's a dream come true.

'I've been here since I was six and I've always watched the first team, so to go out and play for them was amazing.

'I found out I was in the side at 5pm. When I saw my name in the side I was buzzing.

'It's amazing. It hasn't really sunk in. It was brilliant and I just thank the manager for giving me my chance. I feel like I did okay and took it.

'I rang my mum and dad but they've been away and my girlfriend was going to come up but I thought I was going to be on the bench so she didn't make it.

'It's brilliant though, and I enjoyed every minute.'

Ritchie nearly crowned his debut with a Pompey matchwinner, as a few chances came his way.

A couple of first-half headers were followed by a second-half free-kick which flew narrowly over.

It was a highly encouraging performance, as he adjusted to the frenetic pace of the top-flight game.

Ritchie said: 'The first header I had I was undecided whether to take a touch or head it. The header at the back post was when I got a touch and Melchiot headed it on to my head.

'I didn't think I was going to win it but jumped with him.

'Then the free-kick came and I was a bit disappointed I didn't hit the target.

'But it was brilliant to be involved and I loved it.

'It's three games without conceding a goal now. The lads did really well and I'm glad to be a part of it.

'The pace of the game was so much quicker, though.

'You have to be on it all the time. You have to be aware of what is around you, otherwise you will get caught and punished.

'When I was on the pitch I tried to be in the zone.

'The manager told me not to be fazed and not to respect them, so I tried to concentrate on my game and what I was doing.

'But when I was walking off the pitch I was thinking there were some quality players on that pitch. I was there with them. It was great.'