A product of our Academy, the 23-year-old central midfielder was given the chance to build on his impressive showing against Monaco in the Europa League last week as we took on the Magpies at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Eric Dier headed us in front as we controlled the first period, but after we struggled to get going after the break the visitors turned it around in the last 20 minutes through substitutes Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Pérez to run out 2-1 winners.
Tom, who was replaced by Heung-Min Son mid-way through the second period, was very much left with mixed emotions after the game.
“It’s a weird one really,” said the former Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City loanee. “Obviously I was delighted to get the nod and after we went ahead I thought it was probably a 1-0 game as they weren’t really creating anything, but obviously they got two quick goals and the tide turned so the result is very disappointing.
“It was just one of those days. We were confident at the start of the game and obviously going 1-0 up was even more of a boost. In the first half we pressed quite well and we were in control without really having large spells of possession, but I thought we found it hard in the second half.
“Maybe we didn’t put the pressure on as much as we would have liked after half-time to try to get another goal.”
While the game represented Tom’s first league start for us, he’s hardly a newcomer to the top flight.
Having made seven substitute appearances for us in 2012-13, he started eight Premier League games for Swansea last term after a year on loan in the Championship with QPR and had appeared a further five times from the bench on the domestic scene for us this season, prior to Sunday’s outing.
Understandably pleased to get his chance, Tom remains confident that we’ll be able to bounce back when we travel to Southampton on Saturday.
“I feel I’ve been training well and when I’ve played I think I’ve done well too, so it was nice to be given an opportunity,” he added.
“The result was disappointing but again we’ll be confident for the Southampton game. We’ve got the belief that we can turn it around and get back to winning ways quickly.”