Mixed feelings for debutant

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 5th December 2019

It was another desperately disappointing night for West Ham as they succumbed to a two-goal defeat at Wolves in their latest Premier League outing.

However there was at least one ray of light with the debut appearance of Under 23s regular Nathan Holland, nearly three years after his arrival at the club.

The Wythenshawe-born 21-year-old has been in good form for the Under 23s this season, having scored nine goals and provided six assists in 11 appearances for the youngsters.

And despite marking his debut with a defeat at Molineux, Holland was nonetheless delighted to finally secure his first taste of Premier League action.

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"This season has been a massive step forward on and off the pitch," he told whufc.com. "I've kept working hard and now I'm seeing the rewards. Tonight is another reward and I just want to keep kicking on.

"Coming on at 1-0 down, you just try and make an impact and get about them. Obviously it's a great feeling to make my Premier League debut and I'm happy with how I did.

"I just tried to be positive. The gaffer told me to be brave and go one-v-one so to get a cross in so early settled the nerves. At the end of the day, it's just a football game from there.

"The lads are obviously devastated about the result. To come away with no points is a shame, but I'm sure they will bounce back and work harder against Arsenal."

And with regards to adding to his 19 minutes of Premier League experience, Holland - who revealed last year that he had enjoyed working with Manuel Pellegrini - remains philospohical.

"I'd like to be involved again," he added. "I'll just let this go past me and enjoy it, but then I'll just get back to work and keep working hard and see where that takes me.

"The experience was amazing, so I'll just keep working hard and hopefully I'll get more of it."

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