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Garth Crooks warns West Ham goalkeeper David Martin to not listen to the hype

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Garth Crooks warns West Ham goalkeeper David Martin to not listen to the hype

The ex-Millwall stopper produced a superb performance to keep Chelsea at bay on Saturday.

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has warned West Ham United goalkeeper David Martin not to blow his opportunity by listening to the hype.

The 33-year-old made his debut in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge; capping his shock debut with a superb clean sheet.

Ex-Millwall stopper Martin was handed his chance to shine following Lukasz Fabianski’s injury and some woeful form by Roberto.

Crooks selected Martin in his weekly Team of the Week column on BBC Sport. The ex-Tottenham player lauded his performance but had some words of advice for the experienced custodian.

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He told BBC Sport: “I can only think of one person who thought it was remotely possible that he would keep a clean sheet. That was former defender Alvin Martin who sat in the stands watching his son making 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 cruel and ruthless and Martin would do well to not blow this opportunity by listening to the hype.”

 

His rise to prominence was a timely performance as far as Manuel Pellegrini is concerned. The Chilean’s job is ultimately on the line and Saturday’s win was a first since beating Manchester United in September.

Opportunity

Fabianski’s injury has rocked the Hammers. He was superb last season and in his absence, Roberto has been nothing short of hapless.

Martin was correctly handed a chance to impress by his boss and he didn’t disappoint.

With games now coming thick and fast Martin might have moved into pole position as the club’s number one.

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Fabianski won’t return until after Christmas and that should give the 33-year-old plenty of game time in his absence.

Quite remarkably, this time last season Martin was struggling to get a game for Millwall in the Championship.

West Ham face Wolves on Wednesday and the man who started the season as the third-choice goalkeeper will hope to continue in the team.

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