Adrian: I tried to put QPR striker Charlie Austin off his penalty kick

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West Ham United stopper Adrian saved his third penalty kick in a row against Queens Park Rangers.

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian has revealed the tactics he used to put Charlie Austin off his penalty this weekend on the club's official site.

Austin stepped up to take a crucial spot kick for Queens Park Rangers with the scores locked at 0-0 and Adrian says that he tried to unsettle the striker before he took the pressure penalty.

The Spanish stopper says that he had words with Austin before he took the kick and it seemed to work, as the R's main man spurned his opportunity to give his side the lead.

"I don’t know if I put Austin off by having a word beforehand, but I try to make the striker nervous because if they are happy and relaxed to score the penalty, it’s easy for them," he said. 

“In that scenario the goal is big, and I try to say some words to make them nervous – on this occasion it worked for me.”

It was the third penalty in a row that Adrian has saved for West Ham and it was crucial to allowing the Hammers to leave Loftus Road with a point.

The draw helps West Ham stop their run of defeats, but the repercussions of the penalty miss are far greater for QPR.

Chris Ramsey's side are in a relegation fight and had Austin managed to score then their position in the Premier League would have looked far safer.

As it stands, though, the point they got from the game against West Ham leaves them firmly in the mire - with the R's currently four points away from safety, with only four more games to play. 

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