Darren Randolph: West Ham bounced back in the perfect way at Southampton

Darren Randolph: West Ham bounced back in the perfect way at Southampton

Darren Randolph believes that West Ham United bounced back in the “perfect way” at Southampton over the weekend, following a poor result against Manchester City.

After a disastrous start to the season, West Ham have found some much-needed form in the last two months, winning six of their previous 10 Premier League games. However Bilic’s men suffered a potentially damaging defeat last week, as City thumped them 4-0 at the London Stadium.

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The Hammers produced a worryingly lifeless performance that night, but got back on track at St. Mary’s on Saturday. Although Southampton took the lead through Manolo Gabbiadini, goals from Andy Carroll, Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble secured an impressive win, leaving them in a good position at this stage of the season.

Speaking after the clash, Randolph was delighted with West Ham’s response to the City result, claiming it was the perfect way to bounce back.

“It was the perfect way to bounce back,” the 29-year-old said (via the club’s official website). “We have done that every time we have had a bad result and we managed to do it again on Saturday. We knew it would be a tough game, but that we could do it a lot better than on Wednesday night.

“We weren’t worried going behind, because we had been playing pretty well, we played some good stuff and thankfully enough we equalised almost straight after and it put the pressure back on them and we continued to play some very good football.

“Against the top six, you need to try and stop them playing, which takes away from the way you play. Against the other teams we know we can cause them all sorts of problems and that was proved once again today.”

Randolph has kept three clean sheets and averaged 2.85 saves-per-game in 13 Premier League appearances this season, with an average claim success of 92%, as West Ham sit ninth on 31 points, five behind West Bromwich Albion in eighth.

Next up for them is a home clash with West Brom on Saturday, before taking on Watford at Vicarage Road.

Darren Randolph has conceded an average of 1.62 goals-per-game in the Premier League this season.