Jed Steer was delighted with his surprise Norwich debut in the Canaries' 2-1 FA Cup win at West Brom.
The 19-year-old keeper joined the club's academy when he was nine years old, and told BBC Radio Norfolk it was a special day.
"It's fantastic, I've dreamt of this for years, when I was younger and came through the academy it's always been my main goal," he said.
"Thankfully the gaffer put me in there and we got the victory."
Steer got his chance after a recent injury to fellow Norwich academy graduate Declan Rudd.
Both Norfolk-born stoppers have represented England at various levels, with 21-year-old Rudd in Stuart Pearce's current Under-21 setup.
Steer says Canaries' number one John Ruddy has been a big influence since signing from Everton in 2010.
"John's been fantastic, he's the nicest guy you'll meet, in training he's always talking to you, always helping you along, giving advice," he added.
"Watching him train and play as well, you learn so much from him."
Norwich manager Paul Lambert selected Steer for the game at the Hawthorns, and seemed more than happy that his faith in the youngster had been repaid.
"I've seen some top debuts in my time, but that was as good as any of them, he was fantastic," said the Canaries boss.
"His first save, in the first few minutes, was world class and his handling was excellent, but I never had a problem about throwing him in, not one.
"At least it stops people clamouring for me to sign a 'keeper, I don't need one, I've got two top young 'keepers under John Ruddy."