West Ham United Goalkeeping Coach Chris Woods has nothing but praise for the way Darren Randolph kept his composure to keep a clean sheet against Liverpool and hopes to see him keep out the Newcastle forwards on Monday night.
Randolph did not enjoy the best of starts to life in the Premier League when the Hammers suffered a 4-3 home defeat against Bournemouth.
But the Republic of Ireland international refused to let his confidence drop and bounced back in style when he played his part in a memorable 3-0 away win over Liverpool at Anfield.
Woods says it was just rewards for the hard work he has put into training since he joined the Club during the summer and with Adrian serving the final game of his three-match ban, Randolph has another chance to impress Slaven Bilic and show that he should be a first-team regular.
Woods said: “After the Bournemouth game he worked hard on the training ground and his confidence was still high going into the Liverpool game.
“He didn't have a lot to do but when he was called upon. he did very well and coming out of the game his confidence will be even better. He works hard at his game and he got his just rewards.
“He made some important saves against Bournemouth but the goals went in and he couldn't do anything about them. All credit that he has dug in and concentrated on what he needed to do.“
The spirit among the camp has been sky high over the international break following the victory at Anfield and Woods is now hoping the team can record their first home win of the season and make it a night to remember under the lights when they face Newcastle.
Woods added: “There is no substitute for hard work and you need to take your chances when they come along which we have done in the two away games. We need to build on that and keep moving forward.
“I have been going there (to Liverpool) as a coach for the last 15 years and never got a victory so it was very nice to come away with the three points.
“It is such a formidable place to go and get the victory and it is one that should stick in the memory of the players.
“It is nice to go into an international break having a good result because you enjoy that time. We want to keep the momentum going and hopefully we can do that against Newcastle.”