Ryan Fredericks has come out fighting after criticism of his performance for West Ham United in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.
There were lots of positives for West Ham following the 1-1 draw against Liverpool the week before.
Indeed the Hammers should have beaten the Reds.
For Fredericks that game looked to be a watershed moment in his West Ham career.
The 26-year-old looked focused and motivated to prove himself. He stood up strong and was as solid as a rock for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Fredericks question marks remain?
He played a major role in keeping Liverpool’s vaunted front three quiet. Fredericks was widely regarded as the true man of the match.
But fast forward a week and the same questions that dogged the first six months of the former Fulham man’s Hammers career are being asked again.
Fredericks was up against Wilfried Zaha at Selhurst Park in a game that West Ham bossed in the first half.
As is so often the case this season, though, the Hammers were incapable of performing for the full 90 minutes.
When Fredericks made a hash of dealing with Zaha for the equaliser many were quick to blame him for more dropped points.
His performance was criticised by fans on social media and fan forums.
Defender hits back
But Fredericks has hit back at the criticism and defended himself in an interview with West Ham’s official website.
“In the second half it was backs against the wall and we rode our luck at times but I thought we defended well,” Fredericks told whufc.com.
“We dug in deep and showed a lot of character to get through the 90 minutes only conceding one, and the goal they scored was a lucky one.
“We’re looking more solid at the back and we’ve got quality players who are always going to score goals.
‘I feel like I won the battle’
“It doesn’t get much harder than what I’ve faced this last week. As left wingers come, (Sadio) Mane and then Zaha are two of the best there are is the Premier League.
“I feel like I stood up to the test and got the better of the battle.”
Fredericks was replaced by the experienced Pablo Zabaleta late on.
It was a telling substitution that Pellegrini clearly felt Zaha was starting to get the better of him.
Next up for West Ham is his old club Fulham and Fredericks will be keen to impress.
That’s if he is selected of course.