West Ham summer signing Stephen Hendrie admits having no idea what to do when scoring first career goal

Upton Park

The Scottish defender recently scored his first goal in professional football.

In the summer West Ham United snapped up Scotland under-21 international Stephen Hendrie from Hamilton Academical.

The left-back had been in great form for the Accies but the 21-year-old defender has, understandably, struggled for first-team football at Upton Park and was loaned out to League One side Southend United last month.

The move has been successful for the player. He has featured three times for The Shrimpers and recently scored his first goal in professional football against Shrewsbury Town.

Speaking to the Southend Echo this week he made it clear that he was over the moon to have scored his first ever goal - but admitted he had no idea how to celebrate:

“It was my first ever league goal and being honest I had no idea what to do when it went in.

“Jamar has that bit of pace which opens things up for us and I knew he was going to put the ball across the face of goal.

“If he does that and I’m not there then that’s my fault but I was originally heading for the near post.

“Thankfully I decided to check my run and I was buzzing when I saw the ball was coming straight to me because I knew I was going to score.”

Hendrie is not expected to pop up with many goals so to net in League One is a big step for the Scotland hopeful, who will also be attempting to catch the eye at Upton Park.

Southend are keen on extending his loan spell, and that would be a good move for the player.

Who knows? He might even find the back of the net again.

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