Robert Sanchez relished making his Premier League debut, but admitted he didn’t expect his best save to come from one of his team-mates.
Six years after joining the club’s Academy, the 22-year-old Spaniard impressed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday despite Albion’s 2-1 defeat.
He said, “I was really happy because I’ve had quite a journey to get to this moment.
“Making my debut in the Premier League is what I have been working my whole life for. I just tried to do my best and thought we played well. I thought we were a bit unlucky [not to get a result].”
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Sanchez, whose last senior appearance came at the end of his loan spell with Rochdale last season, had no chance with either Tottenham goal, but he produced an eye-catching tip-over in the second half when Joel Veltman’s clearing header looked as if it was heading for the top corner.
“As a goalkeeper you have to expect the unexpected so I was happy with that save. We felt we were a bit unlucky, but that’s football.
“There were a couple of decisions we weren’t happy with including their penalty, and we felt we should have had a penalty ourselves.”
Sanchez was told by Graham Potter he was playing on Saturday but said he had no problem sleeping the night before the game nor did he feel any nerves.
“I never get too nervous, I just go into my zone and try and do my best. Despite losing there are always positives to take and hopefully I can now stay in the team.”