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Declan’s big call on the squad

Declan Rice has called on the squad to put points on the board as we go into the third Premier League game of the season against Wolves tomorrow evening.

Just a thought but it would be nice to have a 3pm Saturday kick off for a change wouldn’t it?

With four defeats behind us against the midlanders and with their fierce local rivals West Brom having leapfrogged us at the bottom it’s time to make sure it happens.

It could have been far worse had Chelsea not fought back from a 3-0 half time deficit today to grab a point which was probably not enough for two former Hammers, Slaven and Frank Lampard.

Declan makes a timely point and let’s hope that we don’t come off the pitch with another tale of woe, bad luck or excuses when the final whistle blows tomorrow night.

Should Mark Noble be missing from the line up Dec will be skipper and told https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2020/september/26-september/declan-rice-we-know-its-time-put-points-table ; “The result was tough to take at Arsenal,”

“I did an interview after the game against Newcastle, in which I said we probably couldn’t have played any worse. Then, being captain for the Arsenal game, I said to the lads: ‘We need a reaction tonight, regardless of how the result is going to go, we need to up our game’.  We did that and should have probably nicked it.

“They had two shots on targets and scored two goals, which was hard to take especially given how many chances we created. But it was a massive reaction and a step in the right direction to where we want to head

“We’ve had two defeats which is not where we want to be, but I think if you look at the performances, it was a step up In the Arsenal game, and we need to step up for Wolves now. They’re a great side, but we’ve had a week to prepare and we’ll be ready for it.”

Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek

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Rice is likely to line-up in midfield alongside Tomas Soucek on Sunday, with the Czech Republic international having picked up from where he left off after completing a permanent move from Slavia Prague in the summer.

Dec revealed: “Tomas is very good. He didn’t speak English [when he joined], but he’s become really good already.

“We’ve just got an understanding on the pitch, obviously I’m more of a sitter, and with me there he’s got the licence to go into the box. Towards the end of last season he scored some crucial goals for us.

“He’s hit the bar already for us this year too so we want him in the area where he can score goals and he knows I’ll protect him behind.”

The Hammers are in the midst of a tough league run which sees them take on six of last season’s top eight finishers in a row, but Rice is unfazed by the fixture list and is sure that the points will come soon.

“They are big games,” he added. “Last season, these are the games we performed in. We performed at Arsenal and should have got something last week. Last year, Liverpool away, City away, we only lost narrowly, On paper it’s really tough, but we know we can get a result if we play to our own game.

“We’re ready for Wolves and we know it’s time to get points on the table.”

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