Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson was impressed with the concentration levels that David Martin showed as he made his West Ham debut against Chelsea on Saturday.
The 33-year-old was drafted into the starting line-up by Manuel Pellegrini following a string of poor performances from Roberto Jimenez and it would be fair to say that he took his chance in the team.
He managed to keep a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge as the Hammers won 1-0 (BBC Sport) and slotted into the team seamlessly despite having played no minutes prior to that game this season (Transfermarkt).
His performance certainly caught the eye of Robinson, who was particularly impressed with the focus displayed by the ex-Millwall man.
When asked if the mental strength shown by Martin against Chelsea impressed him, Robinson told Football Insider: “Yeah, he would have been nervous, extremely nervous, it was such a big occasion.
“Concentration is a big thing for a goalkeeper and quite often, people don’t understand, after games you come off with a banging headache as you concentrate so hard and you’re so focused on the game, your concentration levels are a point where you have to blank everything out around you.
“You could see his outburst at the end, obviously it was such a big game for him and such a big day for him and it was really nice to see.
“It was a nice part of football, neutral fans and even some Chelsea fans would have found it in their hearts to say it was a nice day.”
Robinson is correct when he says that Martin would have been nervous at the start of the game, given that he was making his Premier League debut for his boyhood club.
However, he was calm and collected throughout the match, ditching the nerves which ultimately helped him produce an excellent display in west London.
Indeed he made six saves in the 90 minutes, four of which were from inside the box and finished with a SofaScore rating of 8.3 – the highest of any player on the pitch.
His performance helped the Hammers to a first clean sheet since September 22nd (Transfermarkt), so it was an extremely positive first game between the sticks for the veteran shot stopper.
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