West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Randolph hopes the clean sheet against Wolverhampton Wanderers will catch the eye of manager Slaven Bilic.
Randolph made his fourth start for the Hammers in the 1-0 victory against Wolves on Saturday (January 9) and was part of the back line that kept an eighth clean sheet of the season.
Hammers’ number two shot stopper was relieved to get valuable minutes on the pitch and hopes he can play a pivotal part in a successful run in the most famous cup in English football.
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Randolph said: “It was great to be back on the pitch and get involved once again and it was good news to get through to the next round – that was the most important thing.
“You do have to work as hard as the first choice goalkeeper and you probably think you have to work even harder to try and get into the team. I have been fortunate to have played for the last four or five years so I haven’t experienced this for a long time, but I will keep training and waiting for my chance once again.
“It is very important that we produce a good FA Cup run. It is our last season here and a good cup run will give the place even more of a boost in the final season and that is what we want to do.”
West Ham and Wales defender James Collins has seen a resurgence in form and presence in recent weeks, fuelled in part by his wish to be part of the Welsh set-up for Euro 2016.
Randolph – who has been a regular part of the Republic of Ireland squad – is looking emulate Collins.
“It is what we all dream of,” said the 28-year-old. “Playing in the World Cup or the European Championships. That is certainly in the back of my mind, trying to stay fit and get some games for the Euros.”
The Republic have drawn the “Group of Death” according to their fans, facing Belgium, Italy and Sweden.
“It is a very tough draw. We are going to play against some of the best players and best teams in the world and that is what you want, to match yourself against those and see how you get on.”
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