Darren Randolph does not want the defeat to Manchester City to affect the squad confidence for the remainder of the season. West Ham were edged out of the game after Ruben Dias and John Stones scored either side of a Michail Antonio strike.
West Ham remained fourth in the Premier League table after Chelsea drew with Manchester United. Though the Blues and Liverpool both closed the gap on the Hammers. Liverpool beat Sheffield United 2-0, weakening West Ham’s grip on the last Champions League spot.
Randolph, however, wants his teammates to keep their confidence after a spirited display against the Citizens. The Irishman made his second Premier League appearance of the season after Lukasz Fabianski withdrew with an injury.
"“We were right in it and created some chances and probably had the better chances out of both teams, so we were very disappointed in the changing room not to get at least a draw. It’s a sign of how well the team has been doing and how well we’re playing that we come away from here disappointed to lose to Manchester City.”“It definitely shouldn’t dent confidence, especially the way we played. We’ve seen what Man City are capable of doing to teams this season, so we can take a lot of confidence from this and into the rest of the season.”Randolph on City defeat"
West Ham are having their best season since moving to the London Stadium; Darren Randolph hopes the confidence can be kept for the rest of the season.
Usually, when West Ham go to the Etihad, the game ends in a miserable drumming. This time the players can hold their heads high after going toe to toe with Manchester City. Ultimately David Moyes’ side were unlucky not to come away with a point.
Randolph was pleased to see the way his teammates played against the favourites to win the title this season. The 33-year-old has laid out how the team changed its mentality for the match and how they wanted to play their game and not adhere to City’s world-class talent.
"“Before, we’ve come here and sat back and tried to soak up the pressure and ended up with nothing, but this time we were brave and got on the ball and caused them some problems. Instead of worrying about them, we made them worry about us by getting our dangerous players on the ball and playing to our strengths.”Randolph on West Ham."
West Ham were ultimately undone by the class of Manchester City and two brilliant moves. Randolph had an okay play game between the sticks and answered most of the questions asked of him by the City’s attackers.
The first Randolph would have felt he could have done better to keep out Dias. The goalkeeper managed to get a hand to the defender’s header, but from such close range, it was difficult save to make. The second goal would be harsh to blame on Randolph as Stones’ shot came through a crowd of players at a quick speed.
Randolph may be in goal for the Hammers in their next game against Leeds United. Fabianski’s arm was trodden on in training and the swelling will be monitored between now and the next game.