Baldock hails Green performance

Sam Baldock has hailed the performance of goalkeeper Robert Green in West Ham United's 2-0 victory at Hull City as 'one of the best' he has ever seen.

Baldock scored his fifth goal in six matches to set his side on course to another valuable npower Championship victory, but the Hammers were indebted to Green for an outstanding performance to safeguard their third clean sheet in four matches.

The England stopper made outstanding saves to deny Robert Koren, Aaron Mclean, Matty Fryatt and Jack Hobbs, leaving striker Baldock in awe of his colleague.

"I'm very pleased with the goal and the away win, but I think the thing that's pleasing the team as a whole was the fact we kept another clean sheet," the No7 told West Ham TV.

"I think that performance from Robert Green was probably one of the best that I've ever seen live. He was absolutely outstanding. I thought the back four and the whole team defended from the front really well and the clean sheet set the foundation for the victory.

"I wasn't here that long before Rob got injured, but he is the best keeper I've ever worked with. His quality demands so much out of everyone."


Concentrating on his 49th-minute goal - his eleventh in 14 matches for MK Dons and West Ham this season - Baldock revealed that his emphatic far-post finish from Carlton Cole's flick-on was the result of special instructions from manager Sam Allardyce and assistant boss Neil McDonald.

"It came from a corner. I peeled off my man to the back stick to a position that the manager and Macca have been telling me I might get more opportunities to get my little tap-ins.

"It was a good header from Coley but I'm not sure if it was going in, so I made sure it did!

"I'm confident but I think that I'm always going to score goals if I'm given the opportunities. I think this team will provide me with those opportunities because we're a very strong attacking outfit."

Baldock was impressed with the contribution made by half-time substitute Cole, who also provided the assist for Jack Collison's second eight minutes later.

The 22-year-old believes the Hammers have an embarrassment of riches in the attacking positions.

"Coley came on and made a difference. He is an asset to us coming back from injury and he will be key for us if we're going to maintain the good run that we've been on.

"He's a very good player, as are John Carew, Freddie Piquionne and Freddie Sears as well. Whichever combination the manager chooses to use is going to be strong because they're all very good players."

Saturday's victory at the KC Stadium took West Ham to 31 points from 16 matches played - one short of the 'two points a game' target set by manager Allardyce.

With so many new faces in the squad and injured players set to return after the international break, Baldock believes there is even better to come from the men in claret and blue.

"We're not quite where we want to be but we're getting there. I think the manager has talked about his target and we're just off that.

"Things are slowly coming together. We've got a fair few new players, me being one of them, so we've got to gel into the West Ham way."