Friday 18 January 2019

Randolph is relishing United test

Darren Randolph
Darren Randolph

West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph insists the Hammers' confidence remains intact ahead of their clash with Manchester United.

They host United this evening after Saturday's 1-0 loss at Leicester ended a three-match winning streak.

Defeat at the King Power Stadium halted their mini revival, which had moved Slaven Bilic's side eight points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

But Ireland goalkeeper Randolph, who was beaten by Islam Slimani for the winner at Leicester, is ready to start another run.

"If we'd won, I'd have said we'd 100 per cent have turned the corner, because it would have put a little bit of extra space between Leicester and us and the other teams below us," he said.

"It would have been four wins in a row, but it wasn't to be so we'll regroup and get ready for the next one.

"It was a tough start to the season, but the last few results obviously helped us a bit, so we go into the new year and will start fresh and push on again."

The Hammers could be without Mark Noble after he was forced off at Leicester following a tackle from Daniel Amartey.

Hammers defender Aaron Cresswell believes they can topple Jose Mourinho's side. "It is a game we are looking forward to and we want to take all three points," he said.

"We just want the three points and we are going to work hard to do that."

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