Search

O’Brien glad to be right back in the mix

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 August 2011

WEST HAM UNITED v REAL ZARAGOZA  - FRIENDLY- 30/07/2011 - PICTURE BY STEVE BACON

WEST HAM UNITED v REAL ZARAGOZA - FRIENDLY- 30/07/2011 - PICTURE BY STEVE BACON

STEVE BACON

Hammer is happy to play wherever he is needed

West Ham’s Joey O’Brien has played in several positions since joining the club over the summer.

But the Irishman doesn’t care what position he is asked to play in, as just stepping onto the field of play is an achievement for the 25-year-old.

O’Brien made just 12 appearances in the past three years for his former club Bolton Wanderers due to a serious knee injury and after making his Hammers debut on Sunday could not hide his delight at playing the whole 90 minutes.

“I’m delighted to be back playing football after two-and-a-half years with the knee problem I had,” he said.

“Once I am out there playing football where I am, you 
won’t see me complain.”

After first playing in midfield for the Hammers, O’Brien has mostly featured at right back – a position that is familiar with the versatile player.

“When I was a young kid at Bolton I started in the middle and I made my debut as a midfielder under Sam,” he said.

“But what happened was the right back got injured and I was known for being able to play there, so I ended up playing there and must have played 20 or 25 games at right back.

“For me it is more alien coming back and playing football than it is coming to play at right back.”

O’Brien also reveals that he does not yet feel completely match fit, but believes 
it will come with time.

“I think I’m still a bit off match-wise,” he said.

“Towards the end of the game I was feeling it a bit, but I think I just need to play regular games.

“I haven’t played a lot of games in the last three years really, so if I can get a run of games in the next five or six weeks, I will feel better for it.”

Despite his WestHam debut ending in defeat, O’Brien is confident the club can turn things around.

“We had enough chances to win two or three games,” he said.

“Today was one of those days, but over the next few games we are going to score goals.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Latest East London Sports News

3 minutes ago

West Ham United Women’s Alisha Lehmann is one of the finest young talents in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Yesterday, 08:00

With gyms closed and fitness classes cancelled during the coronavirua pandemic, many people have been choosing to use the government’s unlimited exercise time to opt for a daily jog.

Yesterday, 07:00

The London Youth Games believes ‘Sport is a right for all’ and are excited to announce the launch of the LYG Virtual Games on Monday.

Fri, 15:00

London Lions captain Joe Ikhinmwin has insisted his team will be more ‘fired up’ to win BBL title next season after their current season was cut short due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Fri, 13:53

The Premier League has confirmed the fixture schedule for the first three match rounds of the resumed 2019/20 season.

Fri, 13:00

Cricket clubs across England and Wales can benefit from digital skills webinars as part of a new partnership between the ECB and Google Digital Garage.

Fri, 11:42

Chelsea have been confirmed as 2019-20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League champions after the season was ended last month.

Fri, 09:00

Premiership Rugby has announced its plan to resume the Gallagher Premiership season on August 15.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The new NHS Test and Trace service launched across England on May 28 forms a central part of the Government’s coronavirus recovery strategy to help us all get our lives back to something like normal. Here we explain how the system will work and answer some of the key questions which have been raised by members of the public.

Schools across the country have been preparing for some of their pupils to return to the classroom. Here is how one group of schools has been getting ready to make sure pupils can be taught safely and get on with lessons.

The Government is encouraging people to stay alert as many take their first steps back to their workplace.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser