'It was a very proud night' - Reading defender Alex Pearce on his Republic of Ireland debut

The Reading centre back scored a header on his debut for the Boys in Green and he has revealed his feeling of pride at the occasion
Reading defender Alex Pearce has revealed that he is 'very proud' to have made his Republic of Ireland debut during the 4-1 friendly win over Oman.

The 23-year-old centre back replaced Stoke City defender Marc Wilson at half time and even scored a goal in the victory, when he connected with an Aiden McGeady corner.

"I was very proud. All the family were there to watch me, it was a very proud night," he told BBC Berkshire.

Pearce revealed that coming on at half time came as a surprise to him, as he was 'not even expecting to get on' during the game and admitted that he was 'nervous'.

"I was not even expecting to get on, so to play the second half and win and also score a goal was very pleasing," continued the defender. "I got the nod as the whistle blew for half time, the assistant manager [Marco Tardelli] said 'get warm you're coming on'.

"I didn't have too much time to worry about it. I was just nervous and excited. You just want to get your debut out the way and make sure you do alright and show why you are there really."

Despite the elation of making his debut and scoring a goal, Pearce was also keen to stress his disappointment at conceding a goal, with Eid Al Farsi scoring for the Asian side.

"It was pleasing to get on but the only negative was conceding that goal.

"Thankfully we managed to finish on a high with me getting the fourth. But you can't have everything," he said.