West Ham United’s penalty king Adrian offered a fascinating insight into the preparation required to be a top Premier League goalkeeper after Saturday's game.
Despite slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City, Adrian emerged once again as a Hammers’ hero by saving David Nugent’s 15th minute penalty.
Just as the Foxes striker was steadying himself to take the spot kick the Spaniard had a few quick words in the striker’s ear, before saving his effort superbly.
Speaking after the game, he revealed what he had said to put Nugent off: “The day before every game, I look at videos of opposition players taking penalties so I know where they like to put their penalties. I said to him, ‘I know which direction you’re going go’ and it worked!"
Now you can quiz Adrian, along with Carlton Cole and Stewart Downing at our Fans' Forum Q&A at the Boleyn Ground from 6.30pm on Tuesday.
Season Ticket Holders and Members can secure their places online here - and submit your questions in advance to [email protected]
“It’s hard when you save a penalty but you still don’t get anything from the game. It would have been very difficult to come back from two goals down, especially when you conceded twice in five minutes.”
Adrian’s rigorous research of the opposition’s penalty takers seems to be paying dividends as he saved Harry Kane’s effort at White Hart Lane earlier in the season.
On Tuesday 7 April, West Ham United are hosting a Fans’ Forum with Adrian, alongside Stewart Downing and Carlton Cole, at the Boleyn Ground.
The trio will be on hand to answer questions on all manner of West Ham subjects as the squad prepare to face Stoke City at home the following Saturday.
With the last remaining tickets still available, this is your opportunity to grill your heroes!
The Q&A session will kick-off at 7pm prompt, and after there will be an informal opportunity for supporters to meet the players, collect autographs and take photos.
Tickets will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis at a rate of one per successful applicant with a capacity of 300 attendees. Please note, Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult Season Ticket Holder.
Season Ticket Holders and Members can secure their places online here or call the Ticket Office on 0871 529 1966 - option 1.
Supporters who have secured tickets for the event can submit questions for consideration by emailing [email protected], clearly stating if it is for Adrian, Carlton Cole or Stewart Downing.