Search

West Ham United: Adrian may be unlucky 13, but he makes clear case to be Hammers’ number one

PUBLISHED: 09:30 05 December 2017

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION

PA Wire/PA Images

West Ham keeper Adrian must have been wondering what he had let himself in for.

Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi (centre) scores his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi (centre) scores his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

With Joe Hart ineligible, the Spanish stopper had to step between the posts for a game against a Manchester City side who have been scoring like it is going out of fashion.

Added to that, his central defence included an 18-year-old in Declan Rice and a left-back in Aaron Cresswell.

But Adrian is made of strong stuff and he put in a man of the match performance that deserved much more than an unlucky 2-1 defeat.

“I don’t feel any happiness because we got nothing from the game,” said the Spaniard.

Image

“Obviously, from a personal point of view I try to give my best every time I play.”

The modest 30-year-old has been the perfect professional as he has watched Joe Hart conceding goals all season.

The three Carabao Cup games he has played have resulted in three wins and two clean sheets, but still Hart has kept his place in the team.

“The feeling is that we’ve worked hard, we’ve defended well for all of the game and we had a great chance to make it 2-2 at the end,” reflected Adrian.

He made excellent saves from Leroy Sane, from Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, but in the end he could not stop Silva grabbing the late winner from close range.

“We have to take the positive things from this game, that we did a great job in defence, and build for the next games,” he insisted.

“We have a long run to the end of the season, we are in a difficult situation, but I think we have a great dressing room and a great squad.”

The West Ham keeper has now played 127 games in claret and blue and he has certainly never let the team down.

So the big question is, will he keep his place for the clash with Chelsea on Saturday, or will we see Hart return between the posts?

“The manager knows that I train hard every day, so I try to give him a headache for the next few games to fight for the number one position,” he said.

Rumour has it that if Hart is fit then it is part of his loan deal that he starts, but surely that couldn’t possibly be true?

Adrian deserves to keep his place in the team after that performance. If he doesn’t then something is not right.

All will be revealed on Saturday.

Related articles

Latest Ilford Stories

17:28

Belgium and Tunisia have met on three previous occasions in all competitions, with a win apiece and a draw. The encounters have been tight affairs, with victories decided by one-goal margins, but today’s match didn’t follow the same trend.

13:15

A man who threatened a mum at knifepoint while she was dropping off her children at school in Seven Kings and pulled out a knife on a taxi driver in Ilford has been handed six years in prison.

Nottinghamshire required just an hour and three-quarters on the fourth morning of the Specsavers County Championship game at Chelmsford to remove the last six Essex wickets and claim victory.

12:57

Lakeside Hammers team boss Will Pottinger admits his side have “momentum” after a nail-biting away win at Scunthorpe on Friday night.

12:00

Gareth Southgate’s promising young England side look ready to make a mark on the world stage and help atone for the disappointments of recent tournaments.

14:12

A 21-year-old man has been injured after a brawl in Gants Hill.

Just over five years ago, the Ilford Recorder ran a front page article with the headline “Police swoop on the homeless taking sleeping bags and food parcels in co-ordinated raids in Redbridge”.

Yesterday, 19:15

Essex (206 & 88-4) trail Nottinghamshire (380 & 266) by 352 runs

PROMOTED CONTENT

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Redbridge estate agents Sandra Davidson answer the common questions homeowners have when it comes to selling their home, and reveals how you can make sure the sale is stress-free

Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now