West Ham’s mini revival has coincided with Adrian being recalled to the team.
With 16 goals conceded in the last six games, David Moyes was forced to leave out Joe Hart.
The loan arrangement meant that he couldn’t play against his own club and Adrian played in a close 2-1 defeat.
Moyes kept him in and Adrian has responded with three cleans sheets as West Ham have beaten Chelsea 1-0, drawn 0-0 with Arsenal and won 3-0 at Stoke.
Despite those clean sheets, there are still only Stoke and Watford who have conceded more than West Ham’s 32 goals.
It was Joe Hart on duty when Newcastle produced their most convincing victory of the season back in August, Mitro waltzing around the England keeper for the third.
Adrian did confirm to Marca recently (see below) that he could actually have been facing West Ham that day at St James Park but the Hammers blocked any loan deal after Newcastle enquired in the summer.
The West Ham keeper says that he knows his compatriot well and wishes Rafa Benitez all the best, apart from on Saturday.
It is so tight at the bottom that Newcastle would find themselves above West Ham and potentially even as high as 12th if they won on Saturday.
Newcastle have tightened up themselves once again with the return of Jamaal Lascelles, conceding only one against both Everton and Arsenal. In what looks to be a very tight game, if Newcastle can find a goal then just maybe it could be a very welcome three points just before Christmas.
Adrian speaking to official West Ham programme:
“To be honest, the start of this season was the hardest three or four months I have had at West Ham.
“At the end of last season, I got my position in the starting eleven again and I played well and we finished well so to be out of the team at the start of this season was hard for me.
“I knew that, if I worked hard, this opportunity would come, initially in the cup games, and possibly in the Premier League, to show my level.
“I have known Rafa for a long time. He is a very good manager and did a very good job at Newcastle when they were in the second tier.
“They started the season very well but they have not got good results in their last few games, so it’s a good time for us to give our maximum in our own stadium and get the three points.
“I wish Rafa Benitez the best but not on Saturday!”
Adrian previously when speaking to Marca:
“The worst moment was when I wanted to leave on loan in the summer.
“Real Betis, Deportivo la Coruna, Newcastle and Crystal Palace probed but West Ham didn’t open the door for me.”