He told ClaretandHugh excsuively: “That was such a sad way to start the day. Rio was one of our own and everybody’s heart goes out to him, the three children and the family.
“Club affiliations are put aside at a time like this and from everybody at West Ham I want to say: “All of us are with you Rio. We are thinking about you at this terrible time. It’s awful. Rebecca was too young.”
“However, we were nowhere near our best were we? A win is always welcome given the circumstances we have been in and I was pleased to see Nene get a run-out even though it was only for 15 minutes or so. I thought he did well. Amalfitano has pace and guile too.
“But as I say we weren’t at our best and haven’t been for some time now.”