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Declan apologises to fans: “Brighton played us off the park”

Declan Rice’s first reaction after the game – unlike his manager’s – was to apologise to the fans for one of the most dreadful performances we have ever seen.

Personally, I have had eye surgery this week and was told to wear a patch at nights as it recovered. Sadly the hospital didn’t tell me to keep it on if I was watching West Ham despite telling me them I was a fan. Shame on the surgeon!

Rice was as miserable as it gets after the game admitting the players had let the fans and the club down. Shame he didn’t include the manager who showed he had barely worked out the opposition’s capabilities and his ability  to cope with them.

The captain honestly admitted that we were played off the pitch by a Brighton team who looked more like Manchester City or Arsenal in a game where we were seen to still be in very serious  danger of relegation.

We were truly poor.

Rice told www.whufc.com: “It is cliché to say it was not good enough but you have to apologise to the fans because we have let them and the Club down.

As a player, I am hurting, all the lads are hurting. Last week we won 4-0, and then played really well in the FA Cup. We should have won [at Manchester United] so to have this result is a real setback.

“But credit to Brighton because they played us off the pitch and that was not a performance that was acceptable at all.”

Declan Rice

“Brighton was not good enough, “it is going to hurt. We have let the fans down massively…but we will be onto the next.

“We just keep our heads down and I said to all the lads, we listen to ourselves and the people around us, and we stick together as a group and move on to the next one.

“We know it was not good enough today but let’s try and bounce back on Thursday and then we will have Villa on Sunday. I am sure our fans will be behind us in these next two fixtures.”

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2 comments on “Declan apologises to fans: “Brighton played us off the park”

  1. I am getting to a stage where I dont mind if he dies leave in the summer. He is not playing at the same levels as previous seasons and he us certainly not playing as a captain. I really do not like to see him throwing his arms up in disgust during games. It is terrible to see your captain at that and certainly not the message to be sending out to the other players.

  2. We seem to be hearing this a lot, that the players are sorry and weren’t good enough, playing this badly is starting to become a habit! Tactically we are so predictable and Moyes has been found out! How much worse can it get before the board take action?

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