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Hitzlsperger overjoyed after West Ham debut

Thomas Hitzlsperger was over the moon after he helped West Ham United to a strong FA Cup win on his long-awaited debut.

The German international finally played his first competitive game in a Hammers shirt when the East Londoners smashed Burnley 5-1 in the FA Cup fifth round at Upton Park on Monday night and he was delighted after opening the scoring with a left-footed rocket in the 23rd minute.

"I didn't know what to expect after such a long time out,'' Hitzlsperger told ESPN. "The manager was speaking to me before the game about whether I would play 30 minutes or start, but I'm delighted to start with a goal and an important win for us. It's going to bring some confidence back to the camp and that's important with the games ahead of us.

"We knew that they're in good form in the Championship and we were well aware they would put pressure on us. They played well at stages but it was good timing for the goal and the fact I scored, it came together on a special day for me.

"It's been a tough time but I've been looking forward to this day and it was fantastic.''

This performance is sure to give the 28-year old plenty of confidence after being out of action with injury up until now.

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