David Moyes: Joe Hart gave Adrian 'encouragement' before West Ham's derby game against Chelsea

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David Moyes has revealed that Joe Hart reacted well to being replaced in the West Ham side by Adrian, with the on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper giving the Spaniard "encouragement" before the Hammers' London derby clash with Chelsea on Saturday.

Since arriving from City on a season-long loan deal in the summer, Hart has started every Premier League game for West Ham but has conceded 16 goals in his last six appearances for the Hammers.

The England international was ineligible to play against his parent club City last weekend, which handed Adrian the chance to impress new West Ham manager Moyes.

The 30-year-old did just that as the Hammers were only narrowly beaten 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium, which encouraged Moyes to keep Adrian in goal for the visit of champions Chelsea on Saturday.

And after Adrian made a handful of fine saves in the 1-0 home win for West Ham, Moyes praised his performance and admitted Hart had taken the Spaniard's inclusion in his starting line-up positively.

Moyes told reporters on Saturday: "I thought he [Adrian] played very well.

"Joe has been a great professional and took it very well. He gave Adrian encouragement.

"I have to praise Joe. I have two really good goalkeepers. It was based on Adrian's performance against Manchester City."