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Declan credits the fans for Villa win

Declan Rice insists the West Ham fans pushed them over the line in the 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

The Hammers had to work so hard to get their first three points of the season, having previously lost to Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, and Brighton.

Pablo Fornals scored the only goal of the game, sending a long-range effort at goal and seeing it deflect over Emiliano Martinez in the Villa net.

Rice endured a topsy-turvy performance; his first half was remarkably poor as he continually failed to pass the ball accurately, but in the second half, he was sensational, continually driving forward and attempting to make things happen.

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And the England international has hailed the supporters for roaring the Irons over the line as David Moyes’ men climbed off the foot of the table.

Speaking after the game, as per the club’s official website, Rice noted just how important the supporters were.

He said: “Yeah, massive relief. We’ve worked so hard for that, those first three points. And you can see on my face that I’m buzzing. The lads are buzzing in there (the Away dressing room at Villa Park) and massive credit to the fans who pushed us over the line as well. They were incredible from the start of the game.”

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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.