West Ham’s Bilic backing Randolph

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 November 2016

West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Randolph checks on injured team-mate Pedro Obiang during their Premier League match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane (pic PA)

West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Randolph checks on injured team-mate Pedro Obiang during their Premier League match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane (pic PA)

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Goalkeeping spot ‘is his position now’ says boss

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic looks set to keep faith in goalkeeper Darren Randolph for the Premier League clash at Manchester United tomorrow.

Republic of Ireland international Randolph came into the side in place of Spaniard Adrian last weekend, but was beaten three times by Tottenham as the Hammers suffered a late 3-2 loss at White Hart Lane.

But having made the switch, Bilic revealed he is unlikely to change again this weekend and said: “’Randy’ deserved a chance, he had a chance and it’s his position now.

“Adrian took it as a professional. He was disappointed, but I explained it to him in person, he deserved it.

“It’s not like you’re swapping a right back and you don’t have to tell every player the reason. He deserved a talk in private and is a true professional.”

The derby defeat leaves the Hammers just outside the relegation zone as they head to Old Trafford and Bilic says the whole squad needs to pull together during a busy spell as they attempt to climb away from danger.

He added: “If we have a positive run, it can come like this (clicks fingers).

“It’s about that time, it’s going to be the Christmas period with more games than usual, so this is the time to show what we’re made of, show our character, the quality to do this.

“It’s time for all of us. I don’t want to divide the players. We’re all in trouble, we’re all guilty together for this situation, every player has to improve a little bit, maintain this form they have and some have to improve a lot.

“I don’t want to divide the team, not just because it’s not fair, but also because it’s not true. We’re all in this.”

Jose Mourinho’s United have drawn their last three home matches in the Premier League and find themselves in sixth place, nine points behind leaders Chelsea.

But go into the weekend on the back of a 4-0 Europa League success against Feyenoord and Bilic added: “The pressure is on them, but the pressure is on us.

“There is worldwide pressure on them because they are Man Utd but there is big pressure on us from ourselves, our fans, the club. Pressure is on both.

“Last season in some games we had a little bit of luck, we were losing and at the end we won or drew them. Now, some games we’re winning and drop a point or even worse like the last game.

“Those points give you more confidence, quality, shape, team spirit. But we had injuries last year and can say we don’t play with that quality we were showing last year, but I’m talking mainly about September, as the month that basically brought us here and those four games.

“After that we improved to show the quality, spirit and intensity, against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Everton, okay we lost but we don’t have a great record there, although we won last year.

“Stoke wasn’t great, Spurs was really good. We’ve improved, we have to improve more. We have a tough schedule, but we showed on Saturday against the only team that is unbeaten in the Premier League, that we can do it.”

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