Pellegrini coy over goalkeeping call

West Ham United

Manuel Pellegrini has refused to confirm who will start in goal when West Ham visit Wolves in the Premier League on Wednesday.

West Ham claimed a much-needed 1-0 victory over Chelsea on Saturday to pull four points clear of the relegation zone and end their eight-match winless run across all competitions.

Goalkeeper David Martin made his Premier League debut at Stamford Bridge and, after keeping a clean-sheet and helping the Hammers to all three points, he was clearly feeling emotional as he was mobbed by his team-mates.

The 33-year-old, who is the son of West Ham legend Alvin Martin, had been handed his chance by Pellegrini following a string of poor performances from Roberto, who himself had only come into the team in September due to the hip injury suffered by regular number one Lukasz Fabianski.

Fabianski is still recovering after undergoing surgery on the problem and he is not expected to return to the West Ham line-up until towards the end of December.

That means either Martin or Roberto will be required over the next few weeks, but despite the former performing so admirably against Chelsea, Pellegrini has suggested he is yet to decide who will start in goal at Molineux on Wednesday.

“Of course it’s a difficult decision because goalkeeper is a different position,” Pellegrini told reporters. “Martin didn’t have much experience in the Premier League, but unfortunately Roberto knew he wasn’t doing well.

“Martin did well but I think the performance was not down just to one player. Roberto has a long career behind him and I hope that he continues to work to recover his performance because it’s not normal for him to make mistakes.”

Whoever does line up in goal is likely to be in for a tough game, with Pellegrini admitting he has been impressed by Wolves since their return to the top-flight in 2018.

The Chilean added: “Last season they did very well and this season they’ve repeated it.”