Thursday 19 Dec
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West Ham United star David Martin receives Premier League debut ball

David Martin with his Premier League debut ball

 

David Martin has been presented with his official Premier League debut ball following his dramatic West Ham United bow at Chelsea.

The 33-year-old lifelong Hammer kept a clean sheet as the Irons won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, making a series of smart saves to lay the foundation for Aaron Cresswell's second-half winner.

Martin, who burst into tears at the final whistle before celebrating with his famous father, West Ham legend Alvin, was delighted to receive a memento of an unforgettable occasion.

“Even though I was third-choice at the start of the season, I’d still travel in case someone picked up an illness during the night or an injury during the warm-up, so I’d be out there warming-up with everyone, then you’re almost ready to go. It’s a different mentality between being a third-choice and a second-choice," he explained.

“I have never been that nervous. I was looking at my pre-match food and I had Cress sitting across the table and he was laughing at me because I literally couldn’t eat or put it in my mouth!

“As soon that the final whistle went, I just went! It was just relief that I hadn’t let anyone down. The supporters were so loud all day and I could see my Dad in the stand. I went up and I could see him welling up and we just hugged. It’s a bit embarrassing, but it’s something I could never have planned.”

Martin has started West Ham's last four Premier League matches, keeping a second clean sheet Saturday's 1-0 win at Southampton.

 

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