IAN Holloway believes that 17-year-old Fred Onyedinma has a promising career ahead of him after handing the midfielder his league debut.
Onyedinma, who made his full senior bow in January as a substitute in the FA Cup defeat at Southend, came off the bench against Blackpool last night.
And Holloway intends to give the Lions' academy product more first-team minutes – albeit preferably after the club has secured its Championship status.
"I feel for the boy because nobody wants to come on in a big game and end up losing," he said. "We couldn't seem to get him on the ball but that was the state of the game.
"He has got a bright future I think and hopefully we will have a decent league to blood him in, which is this one."
Holloway spent over half an hour with his players in the dressing room after the full-time whistle at Bloomfield Road but insisted he had not given them the hairdryer treatment.
He said: "Why would I tear into them? Some of our play was as good as it has ever been. We cut them apart at times.
"I could not have asked us to start the game any better than we did. We could have been 1-0 up after two minutes. Their goalie has made a brilliant save from the penalty as well.
"We had a chance when Martyn Woolford was played through but you have got to put a message on the ball – take your time, have a touch, and on another day he'd have scored."