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Rice pinpoints major problem

Declan Rice admits that the international break set back West Ham’s momentum after their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

The Hammers wee beaten by a dominant City side, who monopolised possession throughout the game.

Goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho were ultimately enough for Pep Guardiola’s men, despite Manuel Lanzini’s brilliant late strike.

The Hammers have now lost two Premier League games in a row after also going down to Wolves last weekend.

It is a significant change in form given that the Irons had been in exceptional form prior to the international break, even signing off with a 3-2 win over Liverpool to put the cat amongst the top-four pigeons.

And Rice claims that the club are still trying to find their groove after coming back from representing their countries.

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Speaking to the club’s official website after the loss to City, the England international, who missed the Three Lions games due to illness, said: “That’s the problem with these international breaks! We had gone seven in a row without defeat and we were really cooking and we really felt like we could give anyone a game at any time and beat them, then obviously the break happens and everyone goes away and it takes time to get back into it, you know.

“There are no excuses. It’s two defeats in a row [in the Premier League] for the first time since April, so we need to get back to it and I think we can, starting on Wednesday.”

The Hammers will be back in action in midweek against Brighton.

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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.