Adrian: "We know we can win"

In-form goalkeeper Adrian is relishing the prospect of bouncing back from the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal when the Hammers entertain Sunderland this Saturday.

The 28-year-old shot stopper has been one of West Ham’s standout performers this term, notching an impressive 112 saves.

Despite the defeat to the Gunners, the Hammers had the Spaniard to thank for pulling off a string of excellent saves to keep them in the game. Adrian’s performance was made even more noteworthy by the fact he dislocated a finger in the warm up, but insisted on taking to the field regardless.

Speaking after the game, he said: “Yes we had players missing, and we knew it was going to be tough but we were prepared for that.

“We’re unlucky to concede a goal just before half time. Olivier Giroud hit the ball very well but I thought I could have done better. I thought we started the second half well, we put pressure on them. But then they scored the second goal and that was it.

“I thought Arsenal played very well, particularly in attack, they have very good players. With Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla, they are all fantastic players. We need to keep going and get ready for our next match against Sunderland.”

 Saturday’s opponents Sunderland find themselves at the wrong end of the table, currently just one place above the relegation zone, having lost 4-0 at home to fellow strugglers Aston Villa.

However, despite their lowly league position, Adrian is anticipating a tough game come Saturday afternoon.  

“It’ll be a tough game because they are playing to avoid relegation. We need to stay strong in order to get the three points.

“In the last home game against Chelsea we had good chances to win. Against Manchester United we also played well but the results haven’t matched our performances. Next Saturday at home we want to change that.”

After a tough set of fixtures, which has seen West Ham play six of the top seven Premier League clubs since 20 January, the Hammers find themselves in tenth spot.

While some fans’ hopes of a European qualification spot now appear unlikely, Adrian continued to say he was confident that his side were on course for the targeted top half finish.

“There are games to come where we know we can win. I feel good every time I play, I feel comfortable.

“Of course we can climb up the table. We have nine games left of the season and we’ll try our best. We are having a good season, our objective was a top ten finish and we are on course to do that.”