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#FirstTeam #FACup #Rochdale #MatchReaction #KyleWalker-Peters

Freezing but pleasing night for Walker-Peters!

Thu 01 March 2018, 02:38|Tottenham Hotspur

Kyle Walker-Peters admitted he could barely feel his toes when he struck his first Spurs goal against Rochdale on Wednesday night.

The 20-year-old full-back came on in an advanced role for the last 10 minutes of our FA Cup fifth round replay and capped off a 6-1 victory in stoppage time, playing a one-two with Dele Alli before firing past goalkeeper Josh Lillis to open his account in our colours.

Not many players can lay claim to scoring their first professional goal at Wembley but Kyle, who made his first team bow on the opening day of the season at Newcastle United, now can – and he couldn’t keep the smile off his face as he warmed himself up following a dramatic night in heavy snowfall at the national stadium.

“It’s the usual thing, I don’t think words can describe how I feel!” he beamed. “I’ve just been dreaming about this moment. From the start of the season when I made my debut, one thing I had in mind was scoring a goal, showing that I can be effective and add to the team and I was glad I could do that today.

“It’s different (to play in the snow). You don’t get to play in those conditions all the time so you embrace it, although it’s very cold – I couldn’t feel my hands or my toes! As I said, you embrace it and it was a good night.”

Talking us through his goal, Academy product Kyle continued: “It felt like it was a moment to take. I played the ball to Dele, I was hoping he’d find me, he played a very good pass to be fair, he played it through the defender’s legs, I managed to stay on-side and from there, straight away, you see in your head all the headlines and everything! Then I just had to stay composed and try to put it away and thankfully I did.”

A boyhood Spurs fan, Kyle was also thrilled to have reached the last eight of the FA Cup, where we’ll face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

That’s another aim for myself and everyone in the team – we want to add silverware.

Kyle Walker-Peters

“At the moment we’re showing that we can compete in all different types of tournaments because we’re in the Champions League still, the Premier League is tough, there’s a lot of games, and now getting to the FA Cup quarter-finals shows more of what we can do.”