ANDY Wilkinson was thrilled to come out of a "manic" 24 hours with a clean sheet on his Millwall debut.
The right back was thrown straight into the side to face Wigan after joining the Lions on a three-month loan from Stoke City.
He linked up with the squad at the team hotel on Monday night before playing 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw at the DW Stadium – despite not training with his new teammates.
Wilkinson has been part of the Potters' first team for the past 14 seasons – so he found playing for a new club slightly surreal.
He told the Southwark News: "28 has been my shirt number at Stoke for over a decade, so when I walked into the dressing room, I went straight over to the no.28 shirt.
"It took me a while to realise that wasn't my number anymore!
"It was a little bit strange but at the same time I loved meeting the lads and I'm sure I'll enjoy the experience of getting out and playing for a different team.
"It's been pretty manic but it probably worked out better like that because there was no time to sit and dwell on things. I just got out there and played.
"The lads have been very welcoming and it looks like there's a great team spirit here, so it's nice to be part of that.
"Up until now Stoke have been saying that I wasn't allowed to go anywhere so it's nice to be able to come and play some games because I've been getting frustrated.
"The lads defended brilliantly and there was good communication across the back four. It felt quite natural for me to slot into the team."
Wilkinson revealed that he was convinced to join Millwall after former Blackpool star Charlie Adam gave boss Ian Holloway a glowing report.
"The manager rang me and won me over straight away with what he said," the 30-year-old added.
"I know other players that have played under him who speak so highly of him. I was told that he always gets the best out of his players."