Enner Valencia: Adrian is having a 'great season' for West Ham

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West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian is becoming a fans' favourite and his teammates appear to be fond of him, too.

West Ham United's hero Adrian has earned lavish praise from Enner Valencia on the club's official site today. 

Adrian scored the winning penalty to put his side through against Everton in the FA Cup last night and Valencia is certainly appreciative of the Spaniard's talents.

Adrian is rapidly becoming a cult figure at the Boleyn Ground. Although he may not be the highest profile goalkeeper in the league, he has masses of ability and Valencia paid tribute to his consistency this season. 

"At one point the game was going away from us and we really didn't deserve to lose on Tuesday," he said. "Then at the end, winning with Adrian on penalties. He's having a great season!"

Valencia, himself, scored his first goal at the Boleyn Ground since his £12 million transfer from Pachuca this summer during the 2-2 draw and it was a pulsating encounter to watch.

Both West Ham and Everton deserved their credit for playing a part in a very open fixture, but it was Adrian who stole the headlines in the end. 

In the process of scoring the decisive penalty, the 28-year-old threw his gloves to floor, as if to suggest he would no longer be requiring them, before slotting the ball beyond Joel Robles to send his side through to the next round.

It was a display of the confidence that everyone around West Ham is feeling at the moment and this night was another great moment in what is turning out to be a memorable season for Sam Allardyce's side.

The Hammers are currently in seventh place in the Premier League and they be aiming to carry the momentum gained from last night into their weekend fixture with Hull City. 

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