Divin Mubama believes West Ham United U21s finally got the result to make their performance in Monday’s 3-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The striker scored twice in the second half to help the Irons claim a deserved three points against Wolves for a first league win of the season. Kamarai Swyer had given West Ham the first-half lead, only for Harrison Ashby’s unfortunate own-goal to level the score at the interval.
“This was a big win for us,” Mubama told whufc.com. “We’ve been on a difficult run, but the boys have been putting on some good performances and it was about time we got a result that we deserved.
“I think everyone did really well. Everyone out on the pitch put in a shift and, for me personally, it was good to come back and get those two goals for the team.”
Mubama looked hungry from the first whistle for his first league goals of the season and finally grabbed them, netting from the penalty spot on 81 minutes after a handball in the Wolves area, before coolly netting on the rebound three minutes later for his second.
“I wouldn’t say I was nervous stepping up for the penalty. I feel like I was just taking my time before it, and I’ve scored a few penalties in my time. It was a big moment in the game but I was confident in myself. I had self-belief and I thought I could put it in the net.
“The second goal, Keenan hasn’t taken the chance, but it’s fallen kindly to me. I think the boys were all great tonight. Two goals for me is a bonus and hopefully now there’s more to come.”
A brace in Monday’s Premier League 2 encounter continues an incredible few days for Mubama, on the back of his first team debut in the UEFA Europa Conference League win over FCSB last Thursday.
The 18-year-old’s efforts in that 3-0 win earned him plaudits from fans and pundits alike, but the striker is eager to keep his head down, continue working hard, and trying to perform at his best in every game.
He added: “It’s been incredible to see and hear the support being shown. The fans have been incredible with me but I’ve got to keep my head down. There’s a job to do every single week, whether that’s with the U21s or with the first team.
“The last few days have been a blessing though. Just to have that opportunity, that trust from the Club, is huge. It was so good and now I’ve just got to keep going.
“We’ve had to wait a while for a win but now we’ve got another big game on Friday. If we can carry on in this vein of form, with another similar performance, we’ll get another win under our belts.”