Goalkeeper Adrian drew the plaudits from West Ham United fans despite the club’s 2-1 loss to Premier League table-toppers Manchester City on Sunday.

The Hammers, who reside 18th in the standings, pushed their illustrious opponents all the way in a tense clash at the Etihad Stadium.

With many writing off their chances before a ball had been kicked, the away side took a shock lead just before half-time when Aaron Cresswell’s cross was met by Angelo Ogbonna, who guided his header into the bottom corner of the net.

Nicolas Otamendi equalised for the hosts after the break, but it took until the final 10 minutes for Pep Guardiola’s men to find a winner, with David Silva on hand to volley home Kevin De Bruyne’s delicate chipped pass.

Although they came away with nothing from the clash, the Irons will be buoyed by what was a spirited performance, typified by Adrian between the sticks.

The Spaniard made a number of top-drawer saves to keep his side in with a chance in what was his first league appearance of the season.

Joe Hart’s arrival on loan from City over the summer has meant that Adrian has been restricted to outings in the League Cup, but there have been increasing calls for the England international to be dropped in recent weeks after a succession of unconvincing performances.

At Everton last Wednesday he was at fault for two of the goals in a 4-0 defeat that left the Hammers faithful in no doubt that the team was facing a relegation battle.

With Hart ineligible to play against his parent club, Adrian finally got his chance on Sunday and took it with a confident and commanding goalkeeping display.

West Ham supporters leapt to praise the former Real Betis star on Twitter, with the best of the reaction below: