Ravel Morrison could not hide his delight at notching his first Boleyn Ground goal in Saturday's pre-season win over Pacos de Ferreira.

The West Ham United youngster wore a broad smile as he recalled stroking the ball past Pacos keeper Antonio Filipe to give the Hammers the lead with just 16 seconds played.

Modibo Maiga notched a second as West Ham moved two in front before the break, and although the Portuguese visitors pulled one back after half time, Morrison was happy to pick up another win ahead of the big kick-off.


"It was my first goal at the Boleyn Ground so it was a great feeling and I was buzzing when I scored it," he beamed.

"I've never scored that quickly before and I was in two minds a little bit. I was thinking should I chip him or smash it, and I actually ended up placing it.

"I didn't want to get in trouble for chipping it!

"It was a good end to pre-season and i think we've had a good summer. We've only been beaten twice, so it's been good. I've really enjoyed it.

"We've had a useful week against the Portuguese teams. To beat Pacos de Ferreira, who are in the Champions League this season, is good for us."

Ravel Morrison scores against Pacos de Ferreira
Ravel Morrison slots away the Hammers' first on Saturday

Morrison has enjoyed a terrific pre-season campaign after returning to the Club following a year on loan with Sky Bet Championship side Birmingham City.

The 20-year-old has scored six goals in West Ham's warm-up games and he is hoping to be involved when the Barclays Premier League action gets underway.

"It's been really good this pre-season," he stated. "The lads have helped me, talked me through when I'm playing.

"To be honest, at the start of pre-season I thought I was going to get a few games, but I didn't think I'd play as much as I have.

"It has been great to be involved and now I can't wait for the season to start against Cardiff next week.

"We've come back stronger and shown in pre-season that we're going to give it a real fight to finish higher in the league.

"Personally, my targets are just to try and get into the first team and play a few games."

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