ALEX Pritchard has spoken of his delight at making his first appearance for Tottenham Hotspur following a season-long loan at Swindon Town.

Pritchard was a second-half substitute for Spurs in their 3-0 victory over Aston Villa yesterday, and the tricky midfielder was pleased to have got his first taste of Premier League football.

“Coming back from Swindon, I thought to myself ‘I’ve got to get on to the pitch this season, just to see what it’s like’,” Pritchard told the Tottenham Journal. “To come on in front of thousands of people, I enjoyed every minute of it.

“When I heard I wasn’t going to be playing in the last game of the season at Swindon, with my birthday being on that day, I thought I was going to come back to Spurs and just train.

“Then they said I was training with the first team so I always thought in the back of my mind that I might get a chance on the pitch, and I did.

“The time at Swindon has been great for me. I’ve loved every minute of being there, being with the boys – and a few of them being from Spurs.

“I needed to get out and play proper football, men’s football, first-team football and I’ve done it this year.

“I like to get the ball in the pockets, a bit like Christian Eriksen, but obviously he’s got a bit more on me. I’ve just got to keep plugging away and hopefully more games will come.”