Browne: Man City free-kick is one of my best ever goals


Marcus Browne has named his winning free-kick against Manchester City for the West Ham United U23s as one of his best ever goals. 

Browne was on hand to power home a sensational free-kick from 25 yards in the first half of Thursday's Premier League 2 contest, with the midfielder's moment of quality the only difference between the Irons and the Citizens in his side's 1-0 victory. 

The 20-year-old has been practicing his set-pieces on the training pitches and is now reaping the rewards for his extra effort, admitting the goal is even more special for being the only finish of a close match between two good sides. 

"Scoring a goal like that feels amazing," Browne told "To be fair, every goal does, but the fact that this goal, and a finish like that, was the only goal of the game made it super special.

Scoring a goal like that feels amazing. It's definitely up there as one of my best.

Marcus Browne

"It's definitely up there as one of my best. It's not an easy strike to attempt but I've been practicing them during training, anf thankfully that work has paid off for me on this occasion."

The win for the Hammers ended a three-match winning run for City, and put the Irons just a point behind Thursday's opponents, with Terry Westley's side moving up to seventh in the league. 

Browne continued: "It was a massive performance from the boys tonight. It wasn't easy at all because City are a really good team, but everyone played their partt for us. We dug in really deep and fought with everything we had to make sure we left with the three points.

"I spoke to the boys just before kick-off and told them that the game wasn’t going to be easy at all. We knew we were going to have to work hard for each other and back each other up for 90 minutes. Everyone played their part. We all stuck to the game plan really well and we got our rewards because of it."


Having picked up a couple of disappointing results in 2018, and losing their last match - a fixture against Chelsea at the beginning of March - Browne admits the win away to City is a big boost to confidence for the Irons heading into another tough game next Monday, away to Everton.

"This is a massive confidence booster for us as a team," Browne added: "We know we’re a good side and we’re capable of beating anyone in the league, but the game on Monday against Everton is going to be just as tough. 

"We need to recoup and prepare as well as possible to give us the best chance of getting a good result. We go into every match believing we can win so we’ll be going to Everton looking to come back with nothing other than the three points."