West Ham goalkeeper David Martin has been named in Garth Crooks’ team of the week on the BBC website.
For the first time since beating Manchester United back in September, West Ham have featured in Crooks’ team of the week. Martin and goalscorer Aaron Cresswell were both recognised for their performances at the weekend.
Martin made his Premier League debut, aged 33. The son of former Hammers legend Alvin Martin joined on a free transfer in the summer as a third-choice stopper so this was a surprise opportunity. However, this was necessary after Roberto’s awful performances.
But he performed well, keeping a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge and helping West Ham to a 1-0 win over Chelsea. His reward is a place in Crooks’ team of the week and some very kind words.
Garth Crooks on David Martin
In his weekly feature on the BBC website, Crooks wrote: “Who would have thought that a 33-year-old third-choice goalkeeper – on a free transfer from arch-rivals Millwall – would save the day by keeping a clean sheet for West Ham at Chelsea?
“I can only think of one person who thought this was remotely possible and that was former defender Alvin Martin, who sat in the stands watching his son make his Premier League debut at a packed Stamford Bridge.
“Martin stepped into the breach for the Hammers and performed brilliantly. His double save in the first half was crucial but it was his decision making and bravery in the second half that impressed me most.
“Football can be a cruel and ruthless sport and Martin would do well to not blow this opportunity by listening to the hype.”