Oladapo Afolayan scores debut goal for West Ham

Sunday24 January 2021 | 14:05
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Oladapo Afolayan marked his West Ham debut with a goal as the Hammers made it into the FA Cup fifth round after thrashing Doncaster.

The 23-year-old scored soon after his introduction as a substitute in the 4-0 win against



First-half goals from

Pablo Fornals


Andriy Yarmolenko

put the game to bed for

David Moyes

so he handed debuts to



Nathan Trott

, and

Jamal Baptiste


Afolayan said

: “The gaffer told to me to get forward and get in the box and when Ryan (Fredericks) had the ball, I knew he was either going to shoot or cross it, so I just wanted to get in the box and I’m just happy I was in the right place.”

Prior to this match, Afolayan had played for West Ham’s U23s against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night.

“With the 23s, we’ve had a few games canceled and some time off because of Covid things, so I was just preparing for that game as normal, but I was obviously aware the game (against Doncaster) was on,”

Afolayan told the club’s website


“I went into Friday night hoping to help win the game for the team, but after 60 minutes I came off and Dmitri told me I was on the bench today so I was a bit ‘OK cool!’ and I came here and tried to be ready really.”

He joined West Ham in 2018 and he has struggled with injuries that affected his progress, but he is now ready to kick on.

He added

: “It’s been a long time coming. I’ve worked my socks off for the last three years, had a few serious injuries and just worked to get back to full fitness and full sharpness.

“I’ve been able to do that this season and I’m just happy it’s paid off.”

source: SportMob