West Ham defender on that Adrian mistake against Stoke City
PUBLISHED: 15:37 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:37 07 November 2016
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Hammers centre back James Collins was left frustrated as the team threw away the lead on Saturday
West Ham defender James Collins was a little surprised by the question, you could see it in his face, but he faced it head on just as he does with every attack from the opposition.
‘What was Adrian doing for that Stoke goal?’
“You have to ask him,” said the Wales international. “I don’t want to put words in his mouth, it is one of them that you can’t dwell on.
“I have had a long career and made more mistakes than probably anyone, so I can’t comment on it.”
It was an honest, self-deprecating and unfair judgement on himself. Collins was in a position to get to the ball first, but it was the keeper who rushed out headlong, only to fail to get to the ball.
“I am there to get the ball and I heard Adrian call and he made that decision,” admitted Collins. “Football is about decisions and unfortunately it was the wrong one.”
After all the hard work on a dour, dreary afternoon, West Ham had got their noses in front courtesy of an own goal by Glenn Whelan, only to self-destruct and let Stoke back into the match.
“It is definitely frustrating,” admitted the 33-year-old. “Neither team created too many chances, but once we got 1-0 up, we should have seen out the game, which would have been a nice result for us.”
After the excitement of the last home game against Chelsea, this was a flat, dour encounter and there seemed no reason for it.
“Maybe we cancelled each other out or moved the ball too slowly,” offered Collins by way of an explanation. “We needed to try and get up the field a bit quicker with our passing.
“The gaffer said at half time we were a bit ‘easy-ozzie’ in the first half. We were taking too long on the ball and not passing it sharp enough so the gaffer said speed it up and get the ball to the players who will create.”
Things were better in the second half, especiall but the team still failed to hit the heights of the Chelsea game and in the end neither team deserved to win.
For Collins it was his first game since October 1, though he seemed to make a seamless return in the absence of the suspended Winston Reid.
“It is lovely to be back, but I am very tired now,” he admitted. “That pitch seems to be bigger than anyone I have played on!
“I felt I did ok, I am disappointed that we did not keep a clean sheet. The individual errors are costing us points,” reflected the defender.
“Everyone is human and everyone makes mistakes, but you need to try to cut them out as much as we can and if we did that here, we get the three points.”
Collins will now join up with the Wales squad as he looks to earn another cap in the World Cup qualifier against Serbia.