Adrian - We're confident ahead of West Brom


Adrian confident ahead of West Brom
  • Hammers goalkeeper Adrian insists the side can bounce back from their defeat to Watford to get the three points this weekend at West Brom
  • The stopper also explained the mix up between himself and James Collins during the game against the Hornets
  • And after receiving his first international call-up, the 29-year-old described the experience of being part of Spain’s squad

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian insists that the Hammers can remain confident ahead of Saturday’s clash against West Bromwich Albion despite last weekend’s disappointing defeat to Watford.
The Hammers raced into a two-goal lead at London Stadium but their Hertfordshire opponents scored four without reply to travel home with three points in the bag.
And though Adrian said the players were left mightily frustrated with the result, he assured supporters that the side can perform better to win at the Hawthorns.
“I think West Brom away is a tough game for us, but if we look at ourselves and if we give 120 per cent like we did many times last season, we have a great chance to win,” the 29-year-old said.
“We have some players back on the team and we are stronger than last season. We have won just one game from four but we have a great squad and we’ve signed some good players.

Adrian denies Watford's Isaac Success in the second half


“In the last match against Watford, we played much, much better in the first half but in the second half we lost our composure. The Premier League is so difficult. You can lose the game in one second.”
After Odion Ighalo got the Hornets back into the game following Michail Antonio’s double, Troy Deeney equalised on the stroke of half time following a mix up between Adrian and defender James Collins.
After the incident, the stopper explained exactly what happened in the build up to the leveller.
“Sometimes with the crowd there it’s hard to listen to communication between the players but with us, we were talking. James was going to leave the ball but running with Deeney in his back, at the last moment, he touched the ball.
“These things happen in football sometimes and we have to improve, also on my part in terms of communication.
“The manager after the match didn’t need to say too much because everyone was already angry and frustrated with the result. We can do much better. We have to improve on the mistakes we made and keep working.”


Adrian linked up with the Spain squad earlier this month

Despite the disappointing defeat, the Spaniard has enjoyed a terrific few weeks personally, receiving his first international call-up for Julen Lopetegui’s side.
Though he was an unused substitute in both Spain’s 2-0 friendly win over Belgium as well as their 8-0 thrashing of Liechtenstein in FIFA World Cup qualifying, Adrian enjoyed the experience of being part of the squad.
“It was a great moment for me to get called up for the Spanish national team,” he continued. “It’s my fourth season at West Ham so the team has played well with great performances and with the new Spanish manager they have, he’s given me the confidence to be one of the three keepers in the squad.
“I just keep working and want to do my best to get more caps.
“I have worked a lot because when you play most of the games, you get more experience. The Premier League is, for me, the most competitive in the world. If you’re a number one for your team you get more experience and grow up with the team.”