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Rice rallies the troops

Declan Rice insists West Ham MUST beat Brighton on Wednesday.

The Hammers lost 2-1 to Manchester City on Sunday, meaning that the Hammers have now lost two games in a row in the league, having also been beaten by Wolves last weekend.

The Irons are back in action in midweek against the Seagulls, before facing another tough test against Chelsea next weekend.

The loss to City was undoubtedly a setback but the Irons remain fourth in the Premier League table and the England international insists that the Irons cannot afford to drop any more points when they take on Graham Potter’s men.

Rice admits that he rates Brighton highly but they have actually been in remarkably poor form, and have not won any of their last five games, with their latest result being a bore draw against Leeds.

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Speaking to the club’s official website after the loss to City, the Hammers midfielder said: “I think they’re top-class, Brighton. You can see the way Graham Potter has them playing, they really pass the ball well with a lot of movement and a lot of forward runs. We know what we’re up against and we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“We’ve had two defeats now and we really need to win the game on Wednesday. We’re still in the top four, but we don’t want to be in the top four because we’ve won the points before. We want to build on that.

“We’ve got the squad to and the players to, but we just need to go out there and do it because it’s down to us at the end of the day.”

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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.

One comment on “Rice rallies the troops

  1. This game is a tough one to call. Brighton are a superior passing team to us and possess blistering pace in countering. Their main Achilles heel is converting the countless number of goal scoring opportunities they create.
    Of course I want to see us win and do it comfortably, however they have had more rest and preparation days than us, plus we had the privilege of playing against MCFC yesterday to compound our fatigue levels. It’s going be a real challenge to take all three points.

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