Adrian left to rue 'lucky' winner

Adrian was left cursing his luck after Andy King's deflection on a Jamie Vardy shot won Saturday's game for Leicester City

Adrian was disappointed that his first half penalty save from David Nugent did not act as the catalyst for West Ham United to go on and claim three points at Leicester City on Saturday.

Trailing 1-0 to Esteban Cambiasso’s early strike, the Hammers were staring a daunting 2-0 deficit in the face with just 15 minutes played when Carl Jenkinson tripped Leonardo Ulloa in the box.

But Adrian denied Nugent to keep his side in the contest before Cheikhou Kouyate gave them real hope of a turnaround by levelling up before the break.

West Ham could not make their second half chances count though, leaving Adrian frustrated on the journey home to London.

In the second half we should have scored again and finished the game off, but it didn’t work out that way

“We’re disappointed with the result,” he explained. “We thought we had a draw there for us at least, and we had very good chances to score.

“Their keeper made some very good saves, but this is football – if you score, you win.

“We need to be more clinical in the finish, but as I said that’s the way it goes sometimes. You have opportunities and shoot, but don’t score. That’s how it was for us at Leicester.”

Whilst happy to help his team by denying Nugent from 12 yards, Adrian was ultimately disappointed that his intervention went unrewarded.

He continued: “Saving the penalty changed the mentality of the team at that point. With my save it kept it at 1-0 and then Cheikhou’s goal got us level.

“In the second half we should have scored again and finished the game off, but it didn’t work out that way.

“It was hard for me on Saturday, because I saved a penalty but we didn’t get anything from the game. It’s my job – I try every time to save and help my teammates, but this time I couldn’t help.

“After the first 15 minutes we played well, we got control of the game and had chances but we didn’t score. If you don’t score you don’t get anything.

“In the last minutes of games, everybody is more tired and mistakes can happen but on Saturday it wasn’t a mistake. It was a lucky goal, they shot and a deflection one metre in front of me means it’s a goal.”

The No13’s attentions now turn to Stoke City on Saturday, with the Potters’ proximity to West Ham in the table heightening the need to take maximum points.

He added: “Next week we have Stoke at home and we need to get the three points there. They are a direct rival for the position we’re in and we need to win at home again.”