On-loan Tottenham player’s mixed feelings after first league start

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Tottenham Hotspur player Tom Carroll has reflected on his first league start for Swansea City.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Carroll has been speaking following his first Premier League start for loan club Swansea City.

The Swans suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Stoke City, with both sides scoring a penalty each before Jonathan Walters netted the winner 14 minutes from time.

The on-loan Tottenham midfielder had experienced just six minutes of Premier League football since moving to the Liberty Stadium, but that changed on Sunday with the 22-year-old starting the game.

Carroll was replaced after 65 minutes and he later admitted to having mixed feelings about the encounter.

In an interview posted on Swansea’s official website, Carroll said, “I was very happy to get the start.

“Obviously it was disappointing not to get a point or all three in the end, but Stoke is always a tough place to come.”

There was controversy when Stoke were awarded a debatable penalty after Angel Rangel was harshly judged to have brought down Victor Moses and Carroll also had his say on the matter.

“If I’m honest I don’t think it was a penalty,” he said. “There wasn’t much contact there at all so it was very harsh.”

Carroll will surely now be hoping to get more games under his belt in the hope of impressing Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has shown he is not afraid to give young midfielders a chance as proved by the recent emergence of Ryan Mason.

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