BOSS Jason Tindall admits Cameron Carter-Vickers's Cherries debut had been "a long time coming", but was pleased to see him deliver a "really solid" performance against Oldham.

The defender finally made his bow for the Dorset club, three months after arriving on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

Carter-Vickers, a USA international, was on the brink of making the matchday squad for his new club before suffering ankle ligament damage during a training session in November.

But he made his return on Saturday, producing an assured display at the heart of the defence alongside Jack Simpson in the 4-1 FA Cup victory.

"It’s been a long time coming for Cam," Tindall told the Daily Echo.

"It has been very frustrating.

"When he first came he was getting used to how we play and what was expected and did a lot of work on the training ground. And then he had the setback of the ankle injury that kept him out for some time.

"But I think testament to how hard he’s worked on the training pitch and whilst he’s been injured with the medical team.

"To go out and deliver a real good, solid 90-minute performance, you wouldn’t have thought he hasn’t played for the amount of time he has.

"I felt he was really solid. Really pleased with that."