Sunday, December 1, 2019

West Ham Keeper in "emotional" hug with Dad

West Ham goalkeeper David Martin says he and his dad were both in tears as they hugged after he made his Premier League debut at the age of 33 on Saturday.

The Hammers were winless in eight games in all competitions heading into the clash against their London rivals, but they stunned Chelsea with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge thanks to a second-half goal from Aaron Cresswell.
Manuel Pellegrini opted to make a change in goal by picking Martin ahead of Roberto Jimenez and went on to play a key role in his first top-flight appearance.

The former Liverpool player made six saves against the Blues to keep a clean sheet and help lift his side up to 13th in the Premier League table.

Martin's father, Alvin, spent over 20 years as a West Ham defender and was in the stands to see the game; and the pair shared an emotional moment after the final whistle.
"It still doesn't feel real. I'm just pleased got through it, I didn't let anyone down and actually I enjoyed it in the end," he said to reporters about his debut.

"My dad didn't say much - I think we were both in tears! For my dad to play for the club for 21 years and see it, and for me to make my debut, keep clean sheet and get win for the boys, it is so pleasing."

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