West Ham-owned Toni Martinez reacts on Twitter after dream Oxford debut, Appleton predicts huge future

Oxford United's Antonio Martinez celebrates scoring their third goal

West Ham United striker Toni Martinez enjoyed a superb cameo for Oxford United on Saturday.

West Ham United teenager Toni Martinez enjoyed a dream FA Cup debut on Saturday afternoon, as he scored for Oxford United against Newcastle United.

The League One side weren't given much of a chance as Championship promotion favourites Newcastle arrived at the Kassam Stadium, but Michael Appleton's side served up an outstanding performance to claim a 3-0 win.

Oxford United's Antonio Martinez celebrates scoring their third goalOxford United's Antonio Martinez celebrates scoring their third goal

Kane Hemmings and Curtis Nelson had put Oxford 2-0 up, before new loan signing Martinez came off the bench to make it 3-0 with a fine header.

Martinez, 19, joined Oxford on loan from West Ham United last week, despite calls from fans for him to be given a first-team chance having impressed in the Hammers' developmental side this term.

Oxford United manager Michael AppletonOxford United manager Michael Appleton

The Spaniard only joined West Ham from Valencia over the summer, but has been loaned out for first-team football given that he appears to have a bright future ahead of him.

Martinez showed just what he can do with a superb headed goal, and he was praised by Oxford boss Appleton after the final whistle, as he told the Oxford Evening Times that Martinez has a huge future ahead of him having only recently turned 19.

“Toni's got a hell of a career ahead of him,” said Appleton. “He's just turned 19,” he added – words which will no doubt excited Hammers fans.

Martinez took to Twitter after the final whistle to celebrate his dream FA Cup debut, thanking team-mates and supporters for a remarkable introduction to life with the League One side.

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