Mixed emotions for Carroll after Stoke defeat
20th October 2014
Tom Carroll was disappointed to see his maiden Premier League start end in defeat as the Swans were beaten at Stoke.
Garry Monk's side started well at the Britannia Stadium and could have gone ahead when Ki Sung-Yueng forced Asmir Begovic into a smart stop.
But the visitors took the lead from the penalty spot when Wilfried Bony - who was fouled by Ryan Shawcross - coolly slotted home.
Stoke levelled it up before the break with a spot kick of their own as Charlie Adam converted after Victor Moses was adjudged to have been fouled.
And the hosts took all three points late on when Oussama Assaidi crossed for fellow substitute Jonathan Walters to head home.
But Carroll - who is on a season-long loan from Tottenham - was delighted to earn his first Premier League start of his career at the Britannia.
"I was very happy to get the start," he said. "Obviously it was disappointing not to get a point or all three in the end, but Stoke is always a tough place to come.
"If I'm honest I don't think it was a penalty. There wasn't much contact there at all so it was very harsh.
"We're all disappointed with the result. It was a bit scrappy at times but we created good chances early on and if we had taken them then it could have been a different game.
"It's never nice to concede so soon before half time, and we probably would have taken a point towards the end but it wasn't to be."