Paul Robinson heaped praise on West Ham goalkeeper Roberto following his performance in the 2-0 loss to Everton on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Tottenham goalkeeper revealed he was impressed with Roberto and pointed out that Manuel Pellegrini’s side had to rely on him keeping the score down against the Toffees.
The 33-year-old Spanish shot-stopper was making only his fifth appearance for the Hammers after joining the club on a free transfer in the summer.
Robinson pointed out that Roberto should have done better when it came to stopping Bernard opening the scoring on Saturday but stated that aside from that, the Hammers keeper was outstanding.
“He could have done better for Bernard’s goal but I thought he was outstanding,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“He was very good as for goalkeepers who don’t play, it’s a hard shift having to sit there and watch every week.
“He’s been given an opportunity and I thought he was excellent in what was a disappointing West Ham performance and one I didn’t see coming as I really expected them to cause Everton problems.
“I actually tipped them to win the game as Everton were underperforming but West Ham will be really really disappointed with the way that they played especially considering how many chances they conceded and that they had to rely on the goalkeeper to keep the score down.”
Roberto has conceded five goals in his first three league outings for the Hammers since replacing the injured Lukasz Fabianski in the first-team and is yet to register a clean sheet in the Premier League.
However, the experienced goalkeeper did manage to achieve a clean sheet on his debut for the club during the 2-0 victory over Newport County in the EFL Cup.
In other West Ham news, Darren Bent ripped apart a big-name West Ham star for their lacklustre display against Everton.