Spector admits surprise and delight!

Jonathan Spector admits he was surprised but nonetheless delighted to score his first goal for West Ham United on Tuesday night.

The American defender popped up to net a 27th minute opener to set Alan Curbishley's men on their way to a 2-1 friendly win over Norwich City at Carrow Road, and was all smiles afterwards.

"I'm just glad that I was able to contribute to the victory," he said, "although it's not typical of me to do that by scoring a goal!"

"It was a good move to set up the goal, a great pass from Luis (Boa Morte) to play me in, and I was happy with the finish.

"I thought we played some excellent football in the first half - kept the ball really well and it was a good work-out for us against decent opposition."

Jonathan began the game at left-back before switching to right-back for the second half when George McCartney came on to replace Lucas Neill, and boss Alan Curbishley will have made a mental note of the 22-year-old's versatility in defensive positions.

"I hope so," says the former Manchester United youngster. "There is a lot of competition for places here now, particularly in defensive areas, and it can only be good for the Club.

"I'm just happy to do a job for the team in whichever way I can, and hopefully I can prove to the manager that I am worthy of a place in the starting line-up."