On the back of a deserved 4-3 defeat at the hands of newly promoted AFC Bournemouth, goalkeeper Darren Randolph expressed his disappointment.
Randolph was deputising for the suspended Adrian, who picked up a red card in last week’s first home loss of the season against Leicester City, earning him a three match ban.
The Republic of Ireland international explained how the team let themselves down, despite doing their homework on what the Cherries were capable of, believing the team only have themselves to blame.
Randolph said: “I did all I could, but we still lost the game, so everyone is really down.
“We said before the game not to get off to a slow start like we did last week. We knew what they would be like and how they would start the game because a lot of us saw them play against Liverpool on Monday night – they are a team that will run and chase.
“They had just got promoted and they have no fear. We didn’t match that in the first half and that is why we found ourselves 2-0 down.”
“We said before the game not to get off to a slow start like we did last week. We knew what they would be like and how they would start the game because a lot of us saw them play against Liverpool on Monday night.
“They are a team that will run and chase. They had just got promoted and they have no fear. We didn’t match that in the first half and that is why we found ourselves 2-0 down.”
The Hammers number two goalkeeper will be glad to see the back of Eddie Howe’s men, at least until January. the former Birmingham City man has now conceded a staggering 16 goals in the past three matches against last season’s Championship title winners.
Despite a slight improvement in the second half, the match should’ve been out of sight for Bournemouth due to the East Londoners dreadful first 45 minute showing. Randolph described how incensed Slaven Bilic was at the interval.
“He wasn’t pleased at all, very upset,” said Randolph. “He shouted at half time and said what he needed to say and obviously he got a reaction out of us. When we got it to 2-2, we needed to keep our heads and get the next goal, but we were not able to do that.”
“Yes, we are showing resilience by coming back in the second half of games and it something we did last week too. But we need to start the game better so we don’t need to have to fight back.”
If another keeper does not arrive at Upton Park during the last nine days of the transfer window, then Randolph is keen to produce a more solid performance in the Hammers next Premier League outing, a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool.