STRIKER Lee Novak hopes he did enough against Sheffield Wednesday to earn another starting slot on Boxing Day.
Novak played just behind Jordan Rhodes in the 4-4 draw at Hillsborough, a display which came about through boss Lee Clark experimenting in development matches.
The Geordie enjoyed the experience and said: “I like it there because you can see what’s going on.
“I’ve played there in a few practice games and it worked well. But I’m happy to play anywhere and was just glad to be involved.”
On losing his place to Alan Lee and then loan man Jon Parkin, Novak added:
“We’ve a big squad and I know the gaffer has to pick 11 players that he thinks can win the game.
“It’s been frustrating, but I’ve always kept myself sharp and was ready to step in.
“Hopefully I did enough in the match to keep my place against Chesterfield.”
Novak feels this eight-goal derby thriller could have graced the Premier League.
“What an unbelievable game!” he remarked.
“It’s still not really sunk in yet. It would have done the Premier League proud.
“The football both sides played, the crowd, stadium and atmosphere was just incredible. It was a great advert for our division.”
He dedicated the result to the travelling supporters and said: “Everyone was disappointed by the Bournemouth game, so we wanted to put on a performance for the fans.
“They came in big numbers on Saturday and stuck with us throughout. Their support was immense and all the players appreciated it.
“What also helped get us through was our belief. The gaffer has given us incredible confidence. We gave away sloppy goals, but we still never gave up.”
Novak always felt Town had a chance, even deep in stoppage time when they were trailing to a rampant Wednesday side.
“It was 4-3 and we never gave up hope,” he said. “It was a great ball through from Peter Clarke and then a special finish from Jordan for the fourth.
“He hit the ball with the outside of his right boot. It flew in and we all went crazy on the touchline. It sums up our ‘never say die’ attitude.”
On a stunning show from Rhodes, he added: “All four goals were great. He showed real maturity playing on his own against two big centre-backs.”