- West Ham goalkeeper Adrian said his side lost their composure during a 2-0 defeat to Everton
- Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley grabbed goals for the hosts to give them all three points at Goodison Park
- Adrian vowed to keep working hard ahead of the Irons’ next fixture against Stoke City
Goalkeeper Adrian admitted the Hammers lost their composure during the side’s 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
In an even game which was level at half time, Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock five minutes into the second period, nodding home after Yannick Bolasie’s centre.
And Ross Barkley put the result beyond doubt with a quarter of an hour remaining, half-volleying past Adrian to double the Toffees’ advantage.
The Spaniard was left disappointed at the final whistle, and said his side struggled to regain a foothold in the clash after they fell behind.
“The play was so open in the first half and us and them both had good chances,” he explained. “The first goal for them was a little lucky and then we started to lose our composure and they scored again.
“Everyone is disappointed and the second half was not good enough for us. But we need to keep going and concentrate on the next game.
“Every game in the Premier League is tough. We need to keep working harder for the next game and we will have another good opportunity at home next week.”
The stopper was on hand to deny Seamus Coleman in the build-up to Lukaku’s strike, diving low to his left to push away the Irishman’s effort from the edge of the box.
And it wasn’t the first save of note Adrian had made, having denied Barkley in the first half with a superb one-handed block.
“The save in the first half was a deflected shot and then a save, and it was important to save that goal and stay at 0-0,” he said. “But at the end of the day, it means nothing because we lost the game.
“Bolasie reacted quickly unluckily for us [for the first goal], but we have to defend. We are not happy with conceding two goals but we must keep going and fighting for the next one.
“We started the season poorly but we changed the situation and got a few good results and we beat Chelsea in the week. Today was a hard game for us because we lost but we have to pick ourselves up and keep working for next week.”