Hart-felt relief for West Ham keeper after battling win over Huddersfield

PUBLISHED: 12:23 12 September 2017

West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart reacts after Andre Ayew (not pictured) scores his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.

West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart reacts after Andre Ayew (not pictured) scores his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.

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West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart celebrates victory with James Collins and Aaron Cresswell (left) after the Premier League match at the London Stadium.West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart celebrates victory with James Collins and Aaron Cresswell (left) after the Premier League match at the London Stadium.

When the final whistle blew at the London Stadium on Monday night, keeper Joe Hart sunk on to his haunches and shook his head with relief.

Nobody can say that the England number one doesn’t care about the club; nobody can say that he is just here for the money.

“There is no point in lying, it was a massive relief for us,” he said after the 2-0 win for West Ham against Huddersfield.

“It was for the manager. We stick together and he has put a lot of faith in us and it was vital that we paid him back.”

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The team certainly did that, but it did take a some good fortune with the first goal deflection to get them in front.

“We did get a slice of luck for the goal, but I think it was coming,” said the 30-year-old.

“I think Huddersfield had probably been watching us in the previous games and I think they may have been surprised with how dynamic we were.”

It was Hart’s first clean sheet for the Hammers after letting in 10 goals in three games.

“It was about time wasn’t it?” he said with a grin. “In the league it has been a while, but I have kept plenty for my country,” he reminded us. “I just want to make as many saves as I can. Whether we keep a clean sheet or not, I am not really too interested, as long as we win.

“There was always a chance that they may come back into it, that is football and they hit the bar.

“But I though the defenders were fantastic, protected me well and I didn’t have much to do.

“I feel good at the moment, I am excited to be here and I just want to keep improving.”

He was right, he didn’t have too much to do, but he looked assured in front of the three centre-back formation and it was a strategy that worked.

“I think we stuck to the plan and we fully deserved to take the points,” he said.

“We are up and running, it is nice to be at home and it is nice to get the victory.”

So were West Ham in a false position, before this game? Hart shakes his head.

“No, because we have not deserved to win any games so we were where we should have been, but we deserved to win this game,” he said.

The first win earned, the first clean sheet for the keeper, but there is still a lot more work to do as West Ham travel to The Hawthorns on Saturday to take on West Brom.

“it’s not going to be one for the football purists,” laughed the former Manchester City man.

“It is going to be a tough game and we have to show this passion if we want to win it.”

Monday’s win relieved a lot of tension in the camp and Hart wants it to be a springboard to better things.

“We weren’t going to let anybody else dictate what we were doing, but we knew inside that it wasn’t good enough and we needed to perform,” he said.

“We are not going to get carried away, there is a lot more hard work to go, which hopefully we can take that to West Brom.”


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