West Bromwich Albion midfielder George Thorne was pleased with his chance in defeat at Tottenham.

Thorne put in an assured performance at White Hart Lane on what was his full Barclays Premier League debut.

The 18-year-old did not look out of place against Spurs and earned praise from 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 in 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."