“There is a lot of responsibility when you come in for your first game, but I tried to adapt as quickly as possible. It's easier with Ben [Foster] behind you talking a lot. I tried to keep myself in the game by talking, too, and I thought it [my debut] went alright. We've got so many games and we are going to need everybody, so competition all over the squad is important.
“If you want to have a good season you need to base it on a good defensive structure. Getting clean sheets is important because there is not a lot in it and if you keep a zero, then you just a need a bit of brilliance from one of the guys up front to make the difference. Today was a classic example of that.”
João Pedro supplied the moment of magic, conjuring up a stunning winner from long range just five minutes after Troost-Ekong had gone off as a precaution after feeling his left hamstring.
“I had the best view,” said the defender. “I was right behind it. I told JP in the shower he did a terrific job and he created something out of nothing, really. You need moments like that and when you have quality players, they can make the difference.
“There weren't so many chances, and him taking that one out of nowhere made the difference. He's looked really good and he looks sharp in training. He has a lot of quality, but we have quality all over the pitch and, if everyone chips in, it should be good.”