Hopefully I've put myself in the Gaffer's eyeline, says Elliot Lee

The youngster scored his first senior goal for West Ham last night and has his sights set on bigger things.

Last night saw West Ham emerge as one-nil victors against FC Lusitans, ensuring progression into the second round of Europa League qualifiers with a 4-0 aggregate score - but the game will be extra special for one particular Hammers youngster.

Elliot Lee, son of Newcastle legend Rob Lee, bagged his first senior goal to give West Ham the win and he spoke to the club’s official site thereafter to express his joy:

"I didn't care where my first goal came!" said Lee. "I've worked my socks off and I've been at this club since I was eight years old, so to score on my full debut is a fantastic feeling and I'm really happy with it. There's no better feeling than that."

The goal came after 21 minutes, a well-taken strike from 18 yards, and the young striker hopes it is the first of many in the Claret and Blue of West Ham.

He said: "I've been waiting for a night like this for a while. I've had ups and downs at this Club and have had to be patient, as I know footballers have to be.

"I've never given up and I know I've not made it or anything now, but hopefully I've put myself in the Gaffer's eyeline and can build on this performance."

The 20-year old has had three loan spells since 2013 with mixed results. He made just four appearances in his first loan at Colchester United but managed to grab a solitary goal.

His next move saw a loan to Southend curtailed due to a hamstring injury and he returned to West Ham without featuring once.

The second half of last season saw his most productive spell, where he bagged three goals in 11 appearances for Luton Town, and he will hope his goal last night acts as a springboard for successful 2015-16 campaign.

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