Thorne happy with praise
West Brom youngster impressed on full debut
Last Updated: January 4, 2012 5:40pm
George Thorne: Overcame early nerves to deliver an assured display
George Thorne is ready for more action after making his full Premier League debut for West Brom - and enjoying everything except the result.
The 18-year-old delivered an assured performance in the 1-0 defeat at Tottenham and earned the praise of his manager Roy Hodgson after the game.
"It is always nice to hear positive comments from your manager," Thorne said when told of the comments.
"It is a case that all us youngsters have to be on our toes with the injuries at the moment.
"I'll be ready again if he needs me. I have been playing with these players day in, day out for a long time now so I know the level I need to be at.
"It was my first start so there was obviously a bit of nerves and anxiousness, naturally. After a couple of touches I felt that I was getting into my stride and into the game."
West Brom battled hard against title-contenders Spurs and came close to grabbing an equaliser on several occasions during the closing stages.
"The players definitely feel hard done by," Thorne added. "We did the same at Manchester City.
"When you're pushing title contenders right to the limit and they are winning by one goal, not creating many clear-cut chances, you're definitely going to feel a little bit hard done by.
"We definitely felt we could have got a point. We had a few chances at the end but, as I said, to do that against title contenders and a team as good as Tottenham you can only take positives from it."