Randy: Schweini fouled me – but we’d do the same

Date published: Tuesday 15th March 2016 9:53

Darren Randolph Football365

Darren Randolph says Bastian Schweinsteiger ‘ruined his day’ by fouling him – but he expects his West Ham team-mates would do the same.

Sunday looked set to be one of the most memorable days in the east Londoners’ recent history, with Dimitri Payet’s exceptional free-kick setting them on course for an FA Cup semi-final with Everton.

However, Anthony Martial saved Manchester United by levelling from an acute angle late on, securing a 1-1 draw to take the quarter-final to a replay.

United were aggrieved that Payet was still on the field having felt he should have received a second booking for diving, but the visitors felt hard done by as well after goalkeeper Randolph‘s route to the ball was blocked by substitute Schweinsteiger for Martial’s goal.

The German may have had a nudge from Michail Antonio beforehand, but Randolph said with a smile: “It was a nice shoulder.

“I didn’t have much to do but in these games you need everyone to be on top form, which they were (on Sunday), but we couldn’t hang on to the 1-0 and go through.

“Yeah, it does (ruin your day) because he has not gone for the ball. He just wants to obstruct me and it worked.

“I would hope that my team-mates would do the same and hopefully get away with it.”

The replay will be the final cup tie at Upton Park before the Hammers’ summer move to the Olympic Stadium.

“If we get the right result it will be a great way to leave the Boleyn Ground in terms of FA Cup matches,” Randolph said.

“The atmosphere will be brilliant, as it was against Liverpool and Tottenham in the league, so we have a great chance.

“(We can win) definitely. We are at home, we will have the crowd behind us. I don’t know if many teams like going there so we will be up for the fight again.”

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