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Dec hails ‘amazing’ night

Declan Rice was left agog after the Hammers brushed aside Rapid Wien to make it two wins from two in the Europa League!

The Irons went into the game knowing they could take full control of the group, having beaten Dinamo Zagreb in the opener out in Croatia.

And Declan was central as the Irons won 2-0 at the London Stadium, scoring the opening goal after a quite brilliant move.

Andriy Yarmolenko chipped a beautiful lofted pass into the path of Mikey Antonio in the left channel, and he squared for Rice to tap home; Said Benrahma later added a second in injury time.

It was a top performance from the Hammers and Declan stressed the importance of the win after the game, insisting that he enjoyed an “amazing” evening in London.

He said, per BBC Sport: “It was amazing. As players we knew how big tonight actually was. We had to win as well. We want to top this group, that is all we want to do. We will take it a game at a time. It is a good night for us and the fans, who have waited a long time to see this.”

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Rice also says he told Mark Noble, his midfield partner, that he would get on the scoresheet, and was effusive in his praise of the Irons skipper.

He added: “When I knew I was playing with Nobes (Mark Noble) I said that I was going to try and bomb on a bit tonight. I said to him I would score. When the situation come I saw there was a bit of space to run into and if you don’t make the runs you won’t get a chance. To score again, it is becoming a nice feeling. I wish it could be every week.

“Nobes is special. I have spent six seasons with him. First two as a kid and four with the first team. I have learned so much from him. To play next to him, see what he is like as a person and a man. There is no one better to learn from. I am going to cherish every game I get to play next to him this season.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.