Tom's goal-den moment
11 December 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Fifteen years in the making, Tom Carroll probably imagined his first Spurs goal exactly as it turned out – minus the knee slide celebration!
The midfielder, now 23, has scored at every level for Spurs and completed the set with the most important goal of all as we beat Monaco 4-1 to secure top spot in Europa League Group J at White Hart Lane.
Tom slotted home from the most acute of angles to complete a night to remember with Erik Lamela firing home his first hat-trick and another Academy graduate, Josh Onomah, making his first start.
The fact Tom’s goal came in a victory and was at the Lane in front of his family and friends ticked all the boxes.
Below: Tom speaks to Spurs TV after his goal against Monaco
“I was absolutely delighted to score,” said Tom, who has now featured 10 times for us in all competitions this term. “I ran into the box, beat the man and rolled it in.
“I was buzzing to get that first goal. I knew my family were all up in that corner (Paxton Road/East Stand) watching so it was nice to score down that end.
“Perhaps I overdid it a little with the knee slide but it was nice to have my family in the crowd as well when I scored.
“I’ve been at the club since I was eight so to get that first goal means a lot to me.”
Tom felt our quickfire start - a goal up inside two minutes, 3-0 at half-time - showed the intent going into the final group game.
Great performance from the boys last night ! Buzzing to get my 1st goal for the club ⚽️ https://t.co/k5QZTEnJm6— Tom Carroll (@tom_carroll92) December 11, 2015
“The gaffer wanted us to go out and win the game and that’s the mentality for every game, Premier League or Europe,” added Tom.
“We got off to a quick start, scored the early goal and that really helped us settle in. I thought overall it was a great performance.
“The lads are full of confidence at the moment. We’re unbeaten in the Premier League since the first day of the season so we go into Sunday’s game against Newcastle in a positive frame of mind.”