By Matt Farr
Toni Martinez scored a debut goal as Oxford recorded a superb 3-0 victory over Newcastle in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
The 19-year-old striker, currently on loan from West Ham, began the game as a substitute, but was handed an opportunity to impress by manager Michael Appleton with 20 minutes left on the clock.
He did just that, storming onto the scene at the Kassam Stadium with a goal that capped-off a memorable day for the League One side.
Martinez’s debut display delighted the Oxford fans, who couldn’t wait to see their new signing in action, but his performance also drew praise from West Ham supporters on social media.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Omg just saw Toni Martinez scored for Oxford, what a man
— Fergus ⚒💚 (@Fergus_WHU) January 28, 2017
As i mentioned times before, I would have kept Martinez. Much better option than Calleri and Fletcher on the bench IMO #whufc
— freddie bonfanti (@freddiebonfa) January 28, 2017
#whufc hats off to Toni Martinez 1st professional goal.. 1st of many for the hammers in the future!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Richie (@richiewhite25) January 28, 2017
Toni Martinez scores within minutes of coming on for his debut. Recall him Slaven!! #whufc
— Andrew Cummings (@ac_cummings82) January 28, 2017
Always said Martinez is a baller ⚒
— Matt Dodd (@MattWHUFCDodd) January 28, 2017
TONI MARTINEZ HAS JUST SCORED FOR OXFORD UNITED AGAINST NEWCASTLE UNITED IN THE FA CUP. YES LAD!!!
— WHUFC Fans Corner (@WHUFCFansCorner) January 28, 2017
Toni Martinez knows where the back of the net is. Natural goalscorer
— Rhys Paul (@Rhys_Paul95) January 28, 2017
Get in Martinez scoring against Newcastle on debut #whufc
— Paul (@Paulthehammer79) January 28, 2017
Martinez joined West Ham from Valencia in April last year, but failed to break into the first-team squad.
His form for the development side, however, caught the eye of manager Slaven Bilic, who invited him to train with the first-team squad.
He has now scored 13 goals from 13 appearances in all competitions this season.
However, instead of granting him an opportunity in the first-team at the Olympic Stadium, Bilic instead allowed him to join Oxford on loan until the end of the season.
In other West Ham news, BBC pundit Trevor Sinclair has delivered his verdict on new signing Robert Snodgrass.