Samuelsen pleased with goal and minutes



Martin Samuelsen was delighted to be back playing with his West Ham teammates and back on the scoresheet in the PL2 side's 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

The Norwegian youngster, who has been on loan with Rovers this season, has found game time hard to come by this year with Owen Coyle's team, and made a brief return to West Ham's U23s for the second time in three weeks.

He bagged the Hammers' only goal of the match in the seventh minute after a sweeping move, but his goal was not enough for the home side to take the three points.

"It was a good team move. Calleri put a good cross in and Fletch held off the defender and showed composure to lay the ball off to me and it wasn't a bad finish," said Samuelsen.

"I'd say it was a fair result but we had enough chances to win the game. In the second half, I came through and their keeper made a really good save. But probably, a draw was fair."

Despite not playing an awful lot for Blackburn's first team, Samuelsen has had a terrific year internationally.

I'd say it was a fair result but we had enough chances to win the game

Martin Samuelsen

The 19-year-old has broken into Norway's senior side and scored his first goal for them in their 4-1 victory over San Marino in a World Cup qualifier in October. 

He was also part of the West Ham U23 side which won the Premier League Cup last season and he is still remaining positive despite his frustrating time so far at Blackburn.

"I'm always happy to score and get the minutes today. I just enjoy playing football really, the last time I played was here for the U23s against West Brom so I'm delighted to be able to play today," he added.

"At Blackburn I've been working hard and going in to train pretty much every day because I haven't been playing. I've been doing the extras to allow myself to be more fit when I get the chance to play."