Adrian: I’ve given the boss a selection headache



Adrian is hopeful his performance against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday will have left his manager with a selection headache before tomorrow’s clash with Crystal Palace.

The Hammers staged a phenomenal comeback against London rivals Spurs, scoring three times in 15 minutes after being 2-0 down at half-time, to win the game 3-2.

The goalkeeper played an important role in the win, having made crucial saves from Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko either side of the break as West Ham progressed to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup for the second year in a row.

The Spaniard saw the match as an opportunity to stake his claim in the first team and believes Wednesday’s performance is evidence of his commitment to the team and the level he wishes to play at.

He told “It was a good moment to vindicate my position in the team and for the manager.

“I enjoyed making these crucial saves [against Alli and Sissoko], helping the team whenever I can to get that good result. We won the game and I’m so happy.

“Now I’ve given the boss a headache to choose which keeper to play. Like I showed on Wednesday, I can do it. I am ready to play week-in, week-out.”

While opportunities have been few and far between for the No13, the three games that Adrian has played this campaign have all been victories, yet none have come in the league.

Now I’ve given the boss a headache to choose which keeper to play. Like I showed on Wednesday, I can do it.


The game against Tottenham was one of those three wins and the 30-year-old shed light on how the team’s dressing room talk at half-time inspired the Hammers stage a stunning comeback.

“The first half was very hard for us and also very hard for the fans because they went there to support us and we started losing.

“2-0 down in the first half was hard. But in the second half we spoke about giving our all in the dressing room, to do the maximum level in 45 minutes and see if we can snatch a win. We won and it was such a great night for us and all the Hammer fans.”

He added: “I need to do my best when the opportunity arises for me to play. In the moment it’s cup football so I try to show the boss the level that I am at, giving consistently 100%.”

Adrian believes the win over Tottenham has given the team with much-needed belief ahead of their match against local rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

“It’s a great motivation for us because the last game at home was very bad and we understood that.

“After the victory on Wednesday, everyone is in a positive way because we’ve come back with a hard fought victory against a top side.

“The win has given us a platform to feed off, go to Palace on Saturday and get a good result. It’s time we climbed up the table.”