Adrian did exactly what was expected of him during that game, with Woods delighted by the way his player performed in a difficult environment and under real pressure.
“As a goalkeeper coach you can't ask for a better start than that. Obviously a clean sheet and one or two saves to go with it,” he told whufc.com.
“Adrian has been different class to work with. He's full of energy, eager to do well and he knows what he wants out of the game. It's been good getting to know him and hopefully we get to know how each other works and form a good relationship.”
A reliable player at the back
Adrian is quickly becoming one of the most reliable players in the team and one of the first names down on the team sheet on a weekly basis.
He’s agile enough to make important saves from a variety of positions and also has the core skills needed to be able to adjust and organise the defence based on what he sees happening in front of him.
There are going to be other games where he is pelted with shots and the West Ham defence is put under real pressure. If he, and the rest of the side, can make it through those games with a balance towards more positive results, the club isn’t going to be in a bad position.