19 year-old Ben Tozer spent last season on the sidelines with a bad knee injury, and didn’t return until May of this year when the famous Newcastle club he joined in January, 2008 had been relegated.
Ben Tozer – one for the future
Ben told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s nearly two years since my last league appearance for Swindon – it’s a long time. I know last year I was basically injured for the whole season.”
“It’s been a year’s worth of football I’ve missed. I just want to keep playing first-team games, whether it’s here or somewhere on loan for a short time.”
Tozer was responsible for the second goal as he lost possession in his own penalty area, and should have cleared the lines long before that.
But youngsters make mistakes, and the good ones learn quickly from them, and we have faith that Ben can come good fairly quickly on Tyneside, now that he’s fit again.
“I was nervous, but not as much as I thought I’d be. I thought I got into the tempo of the game pretty quickly, but it was tough – we had a lot of young players out.”
“I thought I started well, but for the second goal, I just couldn’t get the ball out from under my feet. I was unhappy about that, but I just had to pick myself up.”
“At half time, Kevin Nolan came up to me and said I’d played really well, and I just tried to carry on, but it was difficult with the circumstances.”
“I was happy how I played, but at the end of the game it was tough, because we were playing with 10 men. It just wasn’t happening. It’s gone now – we’ve just got pick ourselves up, and not let it get us down.”
Tozer was hoping to get some games under his belt, by going out on loan this season, but it’s a good question whether Chris Hughton can afford to reduce the size of his paper thin squad further.