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West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian has talked up team-mates Joao Mario and Javier Hernandez after the team’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

Both players enjoyed decent performances for the Hammers in a match low on chances between two sides in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

And Adrian is clearly excited by the prospect of the duo leading the attack over the next couple of weeks.

“It was a magnificent performance from Joao, considering he has just come to the Premier League and this was the first time he had played at this different tempo and intensity,” the Spaniard told the club’s official website.

“He played a great 90 minutes, was always sharp, was always trying to go forward and was sharp with his passing and dribbling.

“I think he played really well and he has to keep going in this way.

“Chicharito [Hernandez] did a really good job for us,” Adrian continued.

“Football is like life; sometimes you have good moments and sometimes you have less good moments but now he has his chance and he is showing us he is a great striker and he is helping us a lot.”

Joao Mario was making his Premier League debut for the Irons after signing on loan from Italian giants Inter Milan for the remainder of the season.

The Portugal international was always willing to carry the ball forward from deep and looked as if he could be a shrewd acquisition by manager David Moyes.

Hernandez, meanwhile, has struggled for minutes since the Scot took over as boss in November but injuries have seen him recalled to a more prominent role in the side.

Whilst Mexico’s all-time record goalscorer failed to get on the scoresheet against Palace, he won the penalty that was converted by Mark Noble for the equaliser and came close to snatching all three points when his powerful second-half header was parried.

With Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini out of action until late February at the earliest, Moyes will be leaning on the rest of his squad to provide an offensive threat.

The link-up play between Joao Mario and Hernandez suggests that he may well have hit upon a solution to his attacking conundrum.

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