Tomka looks back on WHUTV

James Tomkins was delighted to get the "unbelievable" experience of playing at Old Trafford but speaking to WHUTV could not hide his overall disappointment.

In Saturday's 4-1 reverse against title-chasing Manchester United, the 19-year-old defender continued at centre-back in the absence of key defenders like Matthew Upson and Anton Ferdinand. The ever-willing Tomkins gave an admirable display on a day when Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez were in scintillating form. That said, the England Under-19 international refused to make excuses.

Speaking to WHUTV after his fourth start for the senior side and fifth appearance overall, Tomkins said: "They have got quality players all the way through their team but obviously our errors don't help. There is not a doubt about how good these players are and we gave it a good go at the end but overall we are disappointed. When you are 3-0 down in the opening half-hour against teams like this it is a long way back."


Alan Curbishley's men believed they had been given a lifeline with Dean Ashton's "very good goal" back that made the score 3-1 with an hour still to play. Those hopes were raised further when Nani was sent off for violent conduct before half-time. Tomkins, who was joined by fellow Academy graduate Freddie Sears off the bench late in the contest, added: "Second half we came out fairly strongly and thought we were back in it, but when we conceded the fourth goal it knocked us down a bit."

Even though it was a tough weekend, this homegrown Hammer will not be bowed by the experience of a heavy reverse away to one of Europe's best teams and can take heart from some timely tackles and well-judged blocks. He said: "Obviously there is a lot of room for improvement. I was fairly pleased with my performance. Playing at Old Trafford is just unbelievable and I am fairly happy but I am still disappointed to lose."