Huge learning curve for Josh
11 March 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Josh Onomah is determined to learn from the biggest night of his footballing life.
Still only 18, the midfielder stepped out at Signal Iduna Park for his fourth senior start against Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of our Europa League Round of 16 tie on Thursday.
It’s safe to say the night didn’t go to plan with most of Josh’s work coming on the defensive side as the hosts dominated for long periods and ran out 3-0 winners.
He had late claims for a penalty waved away after going to ground as he tried to battle past Mats Hummels and Lukasz Piszczek but it wasn’t to be for us, leaving the Academy starlet to reflect on a huge learning curve.
“It was a very big night for me,” he said. “I was buzzing when I found out that I was starting. The gaffer spoke to me beforehand and told me to be confident and I thank him for giving me a chance – it's the biggest stage I've played on.
“The atmosphere was amazing and thanks to the Spurs fans for coming out as well. We came here looking for the win but to be fair to Dortmund, they were great, so credit to them. It's the biggest game I've played in and I have to learn from this experience.”
Josh also spoke about the importance of not dwelling on the disappointing result with the return match against the Bundesliga giants coming up next Thursday, following Sunday’s Premier League outing at Aston Villa.
“It was a very difficult game and credit to Dortmund, they were very good from the first minute to the last,” he added.
“All we can do is go back to the training ground, work hard and try to get a result next week. This is football.”