Martinez reveals pride in West Ham United U23’s five-star win

Toni Martinez has expressed his pride at how well West Ham United U23s performed in the 5-2 win over Swansea City on Sunday.

Martinez scored two of West Ham United’s five finishes in an impressive victory over the south Wales side, with Nathan Holland, Dan Kemp and Grady Diangana also finding the back of the net.

The 20-year-old is thrilled with the Hammers’ showing in the victory and is delighted with how he and his teammates carried themselves to a dominant win.

"I’m feeling really good," Martinez told “It was very important to win the game and today was a great performance by everyone. I’m really proud of all of my teammates.”

It took West Ham United just 21 seconds to take the lead in a frantic and entertaining encounter at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. Holland scored with a superb strike after the Irons took possession from Swansea’s kick-off.

Martinez believes the Irons’ incredible start to the game comes down to the work put in on the training field.

The forward said: “It all comes down to training. We’ve been training so hard this week. We started the match with a lot of quality and we were able to score after 21 seconds. Nathan [Holland] hit a perfect shot and it was a perfect start for us.”

Martinez hit the third and fifth goals for West Ham although there had been some contention that the forward’s second finish was in fact an own-goal.

We started the match with a lot of quality and we were able to score after 21 was a perfect start for us

Toni Martinez

However the Spaniard was insistent that the ball ended up in the net from his head and is eager to continue his goalscoring run when West Ham United return to action on Thursday, against Tottenham in the Premier League International Cup.

“It’s my goal,” Martinez laughed when asked about his second finish: “The second is a good header. I’m really happy with it.

“My first goal was down to a good combination with Kempy [Dan Kemp]. It was a lovely one-two in the box. I got a bit lucky but it was really good to score. I’m delighted to score twice.

“We want to keep working and keep getting wins. If I can keep scoring I’m happy.”