By Declan Walsh

18th Sep, 2022 | 4:05pm

Jamie Redknapp wowed by 'first-class' Conor Coady after incident in Everton v West Ham

Jamie Redknapp was wowed by Conor Coady’s last-ditch defending to stop Michail Antonio scoring a first-half goal for West Ham against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Jarrod Bowen’s low cross looked set to meet Antonio arriving in the penalty area but Coady, 29, managed to intercept the ball and turn it behind for a corner kick while also colliding with Asmir Begovic in the six-yard box.

It was a superb display of defending by the former Wolves captain and at half-time, Redknapp raved about Coady’s display alongside James Tarkowski at the back.

Speaking on Sky Sports Main Event at half-time on Sunday (18 September, 03:07pm), Redknapp said: “Tarkowski and Coady look a real partnership.

“They work extremely well and in the nicest possible way, they’re a bit old school.

“It’s what you call real defending.

“That’s a brilliant piece of play. Heart-in-the-mouth defending, he knows if he’s going to let that go, Antonio’s going to knock it into an empty net.

“That’s first-class defending, that’s what you want.”

Superb

What a signing Coady has been.

No one can be surprised though because there were loads of questions asked of Wolves for letting go of their captain and a major mainstay of their defence in the Premier League.

But Bruno Lage has done a poor job in the West Midlands and his acceptance to sell one of his best players has no doubt come back to bite him.

Wolves’ loss is Everton’s gain though.

Coady’s addition, alongside Tarkowski, has been a masterstroke by Frank Lampard and Kevin Thelwell, who’ve massively upgraded on the likes of Michael Keane and Mason Holgate by signing this pair.

It’s an obvious upgrade and we’re glad we’re seeing the results of that upgrade on the pitch because it hasn’t taken long at all for the ex-Wolves and ex-Burnley men to settle down and start performing as though they’ve been alongside one another for years.

Everton’s defence has changed from being their weak point to one of their strongest areas.

Even with Begovic in goals while Jordan Pickford is injured.