Burnley 1, Bristol City 1: Match reaction
LIAM Fontaine emerged from the dressing room to reveal exactly how he came to be playing in goal for the final 30 minutes at Turf Moor.
Starting the game alongside Louis Carey in the centre of defence, Fontaine knew beforehand that he would be required to deputise between the sticks if anything happened to David James.
Hence his prompt action in donning the keeper's green jersey and the gloves within moments of the former England number one going down injured in the 63rd minute.
"I played in goal in a five-a-side game on the training ground last week and made some decent saves," said Fontaine.
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"I was in the manager's team and we ended up winning the competition. I think that stuck in his mind and maybe influenced his decision to go into this game without a substitute goalkeeper."
He added: "As soon as Jamo went down, I knew he could not continue and that I would have to go in goal.
"With half an hour to go it was not ideal, but I've played in goal before and I feel happy doing it.
"I just grabbed the jersey and the gloves and got on with it, it was as simple as that."
Fontaine was given no chance by the ferocious Danny Ings strike that gave Burnley the lead on 76 minutes.
He said: "It looked a good strike from where I was standing and some of the lads who were behind it said the same thing after the game.
"I don't feel so bad that it was a good goal and that I could probably not have done much about it. That's better than volunteering to goal in goal and making a real howler."
Burnley's lead lasted just five minutes thanks to Ryan Taylor's first goal since joining City from Rotherham in July last year.
The Yorkshireman admitted he thought about passing to Yannick Bolasie, but then decided to go it alone.
He said: "I could see Yannick out of the corner of my eye. He was screaming for the ball and I thought I'd just slide him in behind their full-back.
"But then I looked up and saw that the rest of the back four was backing off and that there was space to run into.
"As soon as I cut inside onto my left foot, I knew I was going to shoot. Fortunately, I caught it well and it's flown into the bottom corner."
Making his first appearance under Derek McInnes, he admitted: "I've been desperate to get a chance with this manager. I was the only player who had not had a go under him and all I wanted was the opportunity to show him what I can do.
"It has been a long time coming, what with the injury and not being able to play for so long, but hopefully scoring that goal will do me some good and give him something to think about."