Owen Coyle was delighted with the debut performance of Scott Wharton in yesterday's match against Burton Albion.
The Blackburn-born youngster was handed his first senior start as Rovers picked up their first point of the season in the 2-2 draw at Ewood Park.
With Shane Duffy suspended and Elliott Ward injured, the 18-year-old was in from the start alongside Gordon Greer with the Rovers boss pleased with his display.
"Scott Wharton came in and he was terrific," Coyle told Radio Rovers.
"I thought he was outstanding, he was a credit to himself and his family.
"It shows the good work that is being done down at the Academy which we are always trying to promote.
"The kid will learn from the match, he was outstanding in the game and I am really pleased for him. He stood up to the challenge.
"You never know until you put them in if they are going to handle it, and Scott Wharton did. He should be proud of himself."
The Rovers boss also had a word of praise for the supporters who backed Scott throughout the match.
He added: "I thought the fans were terrific for him, every time he made an interception, a header or a good pass, the fans were with him 100%.
"So I'd like to thank them for that because it is immense for a young player to know they have the backing of the Blackburn Rovers fans."
Rovers are back at Ewood Park this Tuesday night when they take on Crewe Alexandra in the second round of the EFL Cup.
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