The former Charlton starlet gave an accomplished showing throughout and the boss was more than satisfied with how the youngster rose to the occasion.
He said: "It was obviously his first start. He did really well. He must've been a little bit nervous but he settled down really quickly.
"Last year he came on as a sub a couple of times for us and he picked up the game very quickly. It was natural progress for him to go to Blackpool this year, which is a little higher up than reserve team football. He did really well there for a few games and he's been back training with us for a few weeks now.
"Because of the situation Jay (Spearing) was in and Lucas (Leiva) was in, we thought it was a good idea to bring him back. He's done particularly well and can be very pleased with his first start."