West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian reckons the hard work and passion his team-mates showed in the 0-0 home draw against Stoke City at Upton Park on Saturday (December 12) deserved more than a point.
The Hammers shot stopper claimed his fifth clean sheet of the season against Mark Hughes’ side and made some important saves from the likes of Mame Biram Diouf and Marko Arnautovic.
Former Real Betis keeper Adrian praised his defence while lamenting the lack of a cutting edge.
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Adrian said: “We are happy with our form. We are happy with the performances, but we are just a little frustrated it was only a point, because we worked hard to get all three. Perhaps we need to concentrate more in front of goal, but we are defending well.
“For me the most important thing is a clean sheet. I can say we got a point from my save. I save more with my right foot than with my hands!”
The stalemate with Stoke means the east Londoners have only won twice at home in their last ever season at the Boleyn Ground.
The away form has been much better and Slaven Bilic’s side claiming the scalps of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Adrian said: “Probably when we play away from home, the other team need to push at us and we can play on the counter attack and we are very dangerous.
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“At home we need to attack and keep playing from the back and sometimes the other teams are very narrow and good at defending. That is probably the reason, but I don’t know. Against Stoke we created plenty of chances and we were unlucky not to score, especially in the last minute.”
The next two games are away from home but present opportunities to put points on the board as West Ham face two strugglers – managerless Swansea and cut-adrift Aston Villa.