Superb stopper Randolph delighted with draw

  • West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph was delighted as the Hammers picked up a vital point against Manchester United
  • The Republic of Ireland international was in terrific form, making a number of key saves
  • The stopper also said the squad was pleased to see teammate Diafra Sakho return to the scoresheet

Hammers stopper Darren Randolph says his performance against Manchester United in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday was up there with his most memorable.

The Republic of Ireland number one was in scintillating form in the north west, keeping the visitors in the game on a number of occasions to help Slaven Bilic’s side earn a crucial Premier League point.

Randolph twice denied Jesse Lingard superbly in the opening period before then foiling Red Devils scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and big-money summer signing Paul Pogba in the second.

And after the Hammers stood strong to pick up the draw, Randolph admitted the game was one of his best in claret and blue.

He said: “It’s certainly up there [with my most memorable] although I’d have liked to be less busy. When you’re having a good day, you’re having a good day.

“We got the luck today and the saves obviously counted towards something because we got a point.

“I haven’t [got a favourite save] but I’m just happy to have made the saves that count for something and that we’ve got a point out the game.

“We’re very happy. It was tough and like the Alamo at times, but that’s what it takes when you come to these places.”

The Hammers took the lead just two minutes into the fixture, with Diafra Sakho latching brilliantly onto a Dimitri Payet free-kick to head in his first goal of the season.

And Randolph continued to express how delighted the whole squad are to see the Senegalese back on the scoresheet.

“It’s brilliant [for Sakho],” the goalkeeper said. “He’s obviously worked really hard to get back and you know when he plays he puts in a shift.

“Everyone is delighted for him to get a goal in his second game in six or seven months and obviously it was a shame to see him go off.”

The Hammers will travel back to Old Trafford on Wednesday for an EFL Cup quarter-final, and Randolph believes the side can take a great deal from Sunday’s stalemate.

“We can take a lot of confidence from this,” he continued. “Even with our performance last week. It wasn’t good enough for the whole game but today we were good enough for 95 minutes and we managed to get a point.

“We should take a lot of confidence going into Wednesday’s game.

“I can only try and perform and show what I can do when I get the chance. If I get the nod, I get the nod and if not I would fully back Adrian and then we’d want to push on again and get ourselves further up the table and progress in the cup.”