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“Sick and tired” Declan reckons we still have enough

By Hughie Southon

Declan Rice has revealed the new found confidence in the squad following four undefeated games – two of which have come against top clubs Newcastle and Chelsea.

The captain was a little off colour with a virus yesterday in the 1-1 draw at the London Stadium but he and his long time midfield partner Tomas Soucek looked a serious force in the second half following the earlier substitution of Lucas Paqueta.

That came as no surprise to Declan after the length of time he and the Czech defensive midfielder have formed the back for protection unit.

It was a good draw with the pair of them and back four making like more than a little difficult for a team assembled at a cost of £500 million with the forward line costing around £200 million

“It is always good to play against Chelsea,” Rice said, “you always want to win the big games, the derbies.

“I have played with Tomáš for so long, so it was really easy to adapt to [Paquetá’s substitution]. You know what you are going to get with me and Tom. We are going to work our socks off and be really solid and hard to play through.

“In the last 20 minutes, it was there for us, and we could have maybe nicked it. But it is a good point and we have been solid since the start of the year, so we need to keep going.”

For Rice, this run is just the start. The Irons need to continue their change in form when they head to Tottenham Hotspur next Sunday – they then conclude February’s action with a home fixture against Nottingham Forest.

“I am sick and tired of looking at the table and seeing where we are,” Rice stated, honestly, “as a player it is horrible. You are constantly worrying about other people’s results, constantly knowing you have to go out there and win; the pressure is on.

“We have been really unlucky with our defensive injuries, but we have adapted well, and we still believe we have enough to push up the table.

“Since we played Brentford in the FA Cup, we have been strong; we need to continue that against Spurs next.”

 

 

About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

One comment on ““Sick and tired” Declan reckons we still have enough

  1. He has been poor for most of this season. He plays with his head down now and to he honest I dont blame him with what is happening under Moyes. Moyes has taken the flair and enjoyment out of our football for the last 14 months. I have no idea why owners are allowing this to happen because this is not our DNA, not our culture. The outcome is that Rice will be sold for alot less, again down to the mid management of Moyes, another player who will be sold because of the way they have been missed managed by Moyes. He has cost the club millions in terms of money spent but equally in terms of the depreciation in value of players being sold. Get rid now.

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