Holland - It was our best team performance

Holland v WBA


  • Nathan Holland scored and assisted as West Ham United PL2 beat West Bromwich Albion 4-0 on Monday evening
  • Holland's goal was West Ham's third on the night and came from a stunning 30-yard free-kick
  • The performance comes just two days after earning his first call up to Slaven Bilic's match day squad in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Everton

It has been a week to remember for Nathan Holland. The young midfielder earned his first call up to Slaven Bilic’s matchday squad in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Everton before then playing a starring role in the PL2 side’s 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening.

Holland scored a spectacular 30-yard free-kick and produced a touch of quality to assist Martin Samuelsen’s second goal as he helped his side in to the PL2 Division Two play-offs.

I thought if I got it over the wall then it would have a chance and luckily I connected with it perfectly and it went in!

Nathan Holland

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The four-pronged attack of Dan Kemp, Grady Diangana, Martin Samuelsen and Holland proved too much for West Brom’s defence, who conceded as early as the third minute on a night to forget for the hosts.

“I’m delighted to be back on the scoresheet after being out for a few weeks” Holland explained.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to come back really”.

The eighteen-year old only joined the Hammers in January but has already stamped his mark on the side; scoring four times since his arrival.

“I think we all played well, it’s the best team performance since I’ve been here.

“All the lads put a lot of hard work in, we knew what we had to do. We’ve got the three points and luckily the results have gone our way and we can get ready for the play-offs and hopefully play like that again.”

Monday night’s third goal was a stunning free-kick by Holland, who was clearly delighted with the strike:

“To be honest, it was quite far out when I was thinking about it.

“I was thinking to go for power but then I saw the way the keeper lined the wall up. I thought if I got it over the wall then it would have a chance and luckily I connected with it perfectly and it went in!”

The fourth was a perfectly timed diving header by Norwegian international, Martin Samuelsen, but Holland was still involved, turning provider this time with a perfectly placed cross.

“I’m definitely happy with that one!” he said.

Holland v Everton
When I caught it, I saw Martin move and it’s a brilliant ball but I still think he had a lot to do - he’s finished it off perfectly.”

It will have been performances akin to Monday night which would have caught Slaven Bilic’s eye and having featured among the First Team substitutes on Saturday, Holland is looking forward to more opportunities at London Stadium:

“It was an amazing experience, just to see what the atmosphere was like.

“Getting out at London Stadium, it felt quite surreal against my old club to be honest, but I just want more of that.

“I’ve got to keep working hard and hopefully I’ll get my chance.”