By Dominic Toner
West Ham youngster Ashley Fletcher hailed a “fantastic” Olympic Stadium atmosphere after making his competitive debut on Thursday night for the club.
The 20-year-old replaced Andy Carroll in the closing moments of the 3-0 victory over NK Domzale, as the Hammers marked their first game at their new ground in style by qualifying for the next stage of the Europa League.
Fletcher shared on his personal Twitter account that he was delighted to feature in the historic fixture.
Fantastic atmosphere and performance tonight! Great to make my debut in the Europa League 🔨 pic.twitter.com/FUtRxx1PCM
— Ashley Fletcher (@AshFletcher___) August 4, 2016
The Hammers completed the victory against NK Domzale in front of a huge crowd of 53,914, which prompted joint chairman David Gold to praise the fans for their support on Twitter.
A brace from Cheikhou Kouyate plus a goal for new signing Sofiane Feghouli helped the Londoners overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg.
Fletcher will be hoping to follow in some illustrious footsteps in east London.
In the last 15 years West Ham have produced a long list of England international including Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Jermain Defoe, Joe Cole, Glen Johnson and Michael Carrick.
Fletcher was a free agent after rejecting a new contract offer from Manchester United and without making a senior appearance for the Premier League giants.
He spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on loan with Barnsley and scored nine goals in 27 appearances, including the first one as the Tykes secured promotion to the Championship with a 3-1 win against Millwall in the play-off final at Wembley.
In other West Ham team news, their defender has signed a new three-year contract at the club.