JACK BUTLAND says that he is immensely proud after making his Premier League debut for the Club, but admits the day would have been made all the more special had the side been able to hold on for all three points.
Everton defender Leighton Baines struck home a heartbreaking stoppage time penalty to claim a point for the Toffees from the New Year’s Day encounter at the Britannia Stadium – a game that the hosts looked primed to win courtesy of Oussama Assaidi’s fourth goal of the campaign.
Butland was introduced at the half-time interval after Thomas Sorensen was unable to continue due to an Achilles injury, and it looked like being the perfect start to the New Year for the England international, until Baines delivered that cruel blow right at the death.
“It’s a very proud day for me, and one that I will remember for a long, long time, but there is a tinge of disappointment in there too because we feel that we did enough to win the game today,” he revealed to Stoke City Player
“It’s [his Premier League debut] been a long time in coming having joined last January, but throughout that time I have learned so much from the other ‘keepers here and all of the coaching staff too.
“It was a special occasion for me to make my debut for Stoke in the biggest league in the world, and I will take a lot of from this game, because the pace of it was absolutely incredible.”
He added: “It is frustrating having not picked up the three points that I feel that our performance deserved, but we can take a lot of positives from the way we played against one of the best teams in the league, and use that to our advantage as we move forward.”
The former Birmingham City ace says that he felt absolutely no apprehension when he was thrust into top-flight action for the first time, and actually feels that coming off the bench half way through the game made it easier for him.
“It was probably as easy as it could have been because I had no time to think about it and the nerves weren’t able to set in, like they had have done had I had a day or two to think about it,” the 20-year-old added.
“It was a bit of a blur for me to be honest with you, but I really enjoyed it, and a big part of that was down to the guys in front of me who made it incredibly difficult for Everton to put me under a lot of pressure.
“Hopefully, Thomas’ injury, like Asmir’s, isn’t too serious, and he recovers quickly. But from a personal point of view It was fantastic to get those 45 minutes under my belt.”