Billy Gilmour felt he did himself justice in the biggest game of his career yet, and the 18-year-old Glaswegian also relished coming up against a compatriot of his in midfield.
Gilmour started his second game for the Blues last night, having starred in the thrashing of Grimsby Town in the previous round. Initially deployed alongside Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in midfield, he moved further forward for the second half and asserted himself on proceedings, coming close to equalising before Michy Batshuayi so impressively did.
Marcus Rashford won it for the visitors meaning Gilmour tasted defeat for the first time as a Chelsea player, but he has no doubt the experience will stand him in good stead.
‘I learned a lot,’ said Gilmour. ‘It was a massive step for me, and for Marc [Guehi] as well. It was a totally different match to Grimsby. Coming into this game we had to be on it, and we thought we played okay.
‘I was hoping for a win which we didn’t get, which is gutting. Second half we were a totally different team. We changed formation in midfield with a two and a one, I was the one and had a bit more freedom to try and get on the ball.
‘We looked more dominant on the front foot, we played very well and then just a great free-kick separated the two teams.’
It was a high-tempo encounter at the Bridge with plenty of young players looking to impress, including Gilmour who was in direct competition with a more experienced compatriot in midfield.
‘I was playing against McTominay who is a Scotland international. I wanted to put myself up against him and I thought I was okay against him.
‘That’s the standard I want to be at really. It would be a big moment for me to represent my country at full level, but I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.
‘Hopefully I get another opportunity at Chelsea this season, but obviously there are a lot of a great midfielders in the team, Jorginho, Kovacic, great players. I am looking up to them and taking parts of their game and trying to put them into my game in training.’