Sheer delight for Josh Sheehan after Swansea City debut
27th August 2014
Josh Sheehan reflected on his "surreal" Swansea City debut after featuring from the start in the club's Capital One Cup victory over Rotherham United.
The youngster, who hails from Pembrey, was one of ten changes and three debutants as the Swans booked their spot in the third round courtesy of Bafe Gomis' first-half strike at the Liberty on Tuesday night.
Adacemy graduate Sheehan featured for an hour in a midfield also containing Tom Carroll, who was making his first appearance since joining on loan from Tottenham Hotspur this week, and fellow youngster Jay Fulton.
And Sheehan, who impressed during the club's tour in America this summer, was delighted with his first appearance in a Swans shirt.
"I'm happy with the way it went," said the 19-year-old. "I've worked really hard over the summer and during pre-season in order to get this chance, and hopefully I've taken it and impressed the manager.
"It feels surreal because I've been watching them since I was about ten years old. To be a part of it and in the team was incredible.
"But I've been getting tips from being close to the action and watching from the bench, so hopefully that's paying off for me."
Sheehan gave an impressive performance during his hour on the pitch, linking well with his team-mates while he also saw a first-half effort deflected wide for a corner.
And, with Carroll and Fulton also giving good accounts of themselves, Sheehan is hoping the trio can now push themselves into contention for Monk's Barclays Premier League plans.
"We did well together. We're all around the same age and have the same mind-set of passing the ball with movement," added Sheehan.
"The manager has given a few of us a chance, so hopefully we've done enough to feature in the Premier League."