Search

Razvan Rat: Getting all these injuries feels like Hammers are under a terrible curse!

15:44 14 January 2014

Razvan Rat and Andy Carroll

Razvan Rat and Andy Carroll

Archant

Romanian Rat on his 10th Premier League start

Razvan Rat played 90 minutes in the West Ham defence on Saturday at Cardiff, something of a rare feat when you think about the devastation caused to the Hammers back line this season.

Winston Reid was injured in November and has not been seen since, James Collins and James Tomkins and now Joey O’Brien have all been on the sidelines, while Saturday saw Guy Demel stretchered off as West Ham were again forced to reshuffle.

“I was thinking it was a curse,” said the 32-year-old Romanian who was making his 10th Premier League start at Cardiff.

“Every game we seem to have another injury and it is very strange, as if something is not right, but I don’t know what we can do about it.

“I guess the players that are still fit need to be strong to try and get the results.”

The reshuffled back four of George McCartney at right back, Rat on the left and Tomkins and new boy Roger Johnson in the centre performed admirably under pressure, especially when Tomkins picked up his second yellow card and left them a player short.

“It was very, very hard for us, because again we played with 10 men for the last 30 minutes, but I am happy that we got this very good result and that we are getting better,” said the Romania international captain.

Luck certainly played a part on Saturday with Kim Bo-Kyung’s shot clattering off the underside of the bar and bouncing on the line, but with Andy Carroll also returning to the fold for the first time, the tide may be changing at long last.

“We haven’t had a lot of luck so let us hope that at last it is coming back to us, starting with this win,” said Rat.

“It is great to have Andy Carroll back and he will give us a real boost. He is the main man for us up front and we need him to be fit.”

Rat has been in and out of the West Ham team this season, so what does he think of his own form?

“All the time you can play better,” he admitted. “For the moment it is good that I come back into the starting line-up, that is the main thing for me and I will try and stay there.”

Saturday’s win took the Hammers out of the bottom three, but Rat is still not looking at the league table.

“I don’t think about that,” he insisted. “What we need now is to look for back-to-back wins so we must play well and have a good result against Newcastle.”

0 comments

Latest Romford Sports News

Yesterday, 19:15
Essex's Alastair Cook hits out on his way to a century (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Wet weather holds up innings once again

Yesterday, 13:00
Hornchurch celebrate winning the Essex League Cup final against Brentwood (pic: Sandra Rowse)

Harrlow Lodge Park outfit have signed Essex’s Tom Moore and New Zealand international Rob Nicol for new campaign

Yesterday, 12:00
Upminster's new captain Alan Ison looks on as England captain Alastair Cook bowls during his benefit match for Essex in 2014 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Club seeking more success in Essex League

West Ham United's Mark Noble celebrates scoring his sides third goal of the game with West Ham United's Andy Carroll during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.

Hammers captain makes it four goals in two games

Yesterday, 10:00
Jamal Francis in bowling action for Gidea Park & Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Captain Jamal Francis targetting success at Gallows Corner

Yesterday, 09:30
Christian Doidge is congratulated after opening the scoring for Dagenham & Redbridge against Crawley Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 3-0 win at home to Crawley Town

Yesterday, 09:00
Chris Cook in batting action for Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Captain Chris Cook staying positive after relegation

Yesterday, 09:00
The Essex squad pose for a team picture in their county championship kit at the County Ground, Chelmsford (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

First day hit by weather at Worcester

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe