The Big Interview – Adrian
Author: Matthew Kirk. Published: 29 March 2016 at 9:58pm
The West Ham United goalkeeper was beaten by a Craig Bellamy wonder-strike, ran the length of the pitch to put the Hammers 2-1 up, then returned to fire a spot-kick high over the crossbar in a penalty shootout.
With the fun and games of the Testimonial now behind him and his teammates, Adrian went on to tell West Ham TV that attention has now turned to Saturday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Crystal Palace and the challenge for a place in the top four.
Adrian, what a fantastic day for the Club on Monday!
“Yes, it was a fantastic Testimonial. In fact, it was the first Testimonial that I have played in. It was amazing, because all the fans and the players were involved in an emotional game. I think the occasion was really, really good.”
There were some good goals, but none more so that yours, running 100 metres with the ball before scoring!
“Yes, you have to be a little bit funny with the players and I think the fans enjoyed the game! They let me score, too! I thought when I was in the middle of the pitch ‘Is anyone going to tackle me?’ but all I was trying to do was make a little fun and I think it worked!”
Your strike was too much for David James…!
“Yes, probably! It was good for me!”
Then we had the penalty shootout and the gloves came off but this time, unlike against Everton, we had the wrong result!
“This time I didn’t have a great result but I did it just to give a little emotion to the penalty shootout and also I’d scored one goal before, so I was probably not concentrating a little bit!”
Normally it is you that is saving the penalties, but this time it was Mark Noble’s friend Robert Hatton who took centre-stage, saving three!
“I was impressed, of course, and I told him ‘You must have been training all the week before to save three penalties!’ It’s good for him because it’s a good sensation to save a penalty at Upton Park. At the end of the day, I think it was a great day.”
It was nice to have a little break, including a trip home to Seville for you and your family, but now we have to concentrate on the Barclays Premier League and Saturday’s home game with Crystal Palace?
“Yes, we have a great game on Saturday here again. We are in a great position and we have a chance to win the three points here again at home and we need to give 120 per cent like we did before the international break. I think we are playing well and showing a good performance and are in a great moment.”