West Ham keeper can’t believe these bad starts

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 October 2015

Adrian, West Ham United goalkeeper

Adrian, West Ham United goalkeeper

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Hammers star Adrian is celebrating his new contract at Upton Park and looking to the future

Adrian, West Ham United goalkeeperAdrian, West Ham United goalkeeper

Just as important as making key signings like Dimitri Payer, is keeping your current star players happy and that certainly seems to be the case with regard to keeper Adrian.

The 28-year-old signed a new two-year deal at Upton Park last week and he was absolutely delighted.

“This is a proud moment for myself, my family and friends and I am really happy to have signed my second contract,” he said.

“I never imagined this kind of relationship with the fans. I spent 16 years at Real Betis and it was difficult to leave my home. But from the moment I arrived in London, the West Ham fans have had a special relationship with me.”

Adrian signs a new deal at West HamAdrian signs a new deal at West Ham

The Spanish stopper is undoubtedly the Hammers number one. Despite being sent off against Leicester City and seeing Darren Randolph ably deputise for him while he was suspended, Adrian stepped straight back into the starting line-up and put in a stunning display in the win at Manchester City.

He was between the sticks at Sunderland on Saturday and though he only made one good save, there is an air of reliability about the goalkeeper which enhances the confidence of the defeance.

He could do nothing about the Black Cats opening up a 2-0 lead as West Ham started badly again and it is something that he can’t put his finger on.

“All games in the Premier League are difficult and it was difficult to play against Sunderland because they are fighting for their lives,” said the keeper.

Adrian, West Ham United goalkeeperAdrian, West Ham United goalkeeper

“I think we started really bad, we were sleeping and we can’t afford to concede two goals in the first half.”

It was the fifth time in nine games this season that West Ham have found themselves trailing. What does Adrian put that down to? He shrugs.

“I don’t know,” he laughed. “If I knew I would tell you now. The mentality has to be to go for it from the start, not waiting for the other team to start playing.

“On the first-half performance we deserve nothing but to lose and in the last few games we have been the same – we need to start games well.”

Sunderland started superbly with two goals in the opening 20 minutes, but did Adrian feel he should have done better?

“I don’t know,” he considers. “I think the second goal was a great strike from the player. The first one I didn’t really have time to save it. But after we scored our first goal, they had to change their mentality and after going two down it was a good point for us – a good game and a good point.”

But should the Hammers have taken all three points? They drew level with half an hour still to go and playing against 10 men.

“Well we tried,” said Adrian. “They defended well and were all together. We had a lot of chances, but finally we couldn’t quite get that third goal.”

It was another point and West Ham sit in sixth place, so does that constitute a good start to the season according to Adrian?

“It is a good start,” he insisted. “We always need to work on things, like starting well, but we are scoring goals and winning games and that has to be a good start. Now we need to keep it going.”

With Adrian secured to the club for another two years at least, it is an important part of the West Ham jigsaw.

“I am really happy here,” he said. “The fans and the players and the club give me a lot of confidence and I have the confidence to keep playing well.”

He is an important signing and the way he is playing, Adrian is as good as anyone in the Premier League.

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