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Randolph promises more improvement


Debut: Darren Randolph

Debut: Darren Randolph

Debut: Darren Randolph

Ireland keeper Darren Randolph says there's more to come from him at West Ham after the first game of his second spell with the Hammers ended in a 1-1 draw with Everton.

The Hammers were held to a disappointing draw after Dominic Calvert-Lewin cancelled out Issa Diop's header.

Randolph was picked to start in goal against the Toffees, despite only competing his move from Middlesbrough two days earlier, and the sight of Ireland's No1 getting a game, and that vote of confidence from manager David Moyes, will be encouraging for Mick McCarthy.

"There are lots of positives to build on," Randolph said.

"We were very solid and limited them to very few chances. We had a lot of chances ourselves, which means we're a bit disappointed we didn't win the game.

"I'm very happy to be back at the club. I got a great reception out there so I want to say thank you to the fans for that. I was hoping to come back to a win, but there are lots of positives to take - it's only two goals conceded in the four games since the manager has come in.

"He's said inside there's lots to build on, lots of positives and we're going to keep improving and build from here."

Declan Rice insists confidence is returning to West Ham under Moyes.

"If you look at the chances we created in the first half, realistically we should've been about three up. We missed some great chances," England midfielder Rice told the club website.

"The manager's said that, in the position we are in, they're the ones you've got to take. We managed to get a goal in front and then switched off just before half-time, and then the rest of the game was a bit stretched.

"I think you can see with us on the pitch we have improved. We're defending better now, we're in better shape, we're moving the ball around better, we're switching it better.

"Football's all about confidence, to be honest, and I think the lads have got that back. It was tough to take (losing) at Sheffield United and we should have won against Everton, but with those improvements we've just got to get going."