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Skipper Declan excited at these new Hammers

Declan Rice believes West Ham are “building something” after their battling 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

The Hammers welcomed Pep Guardiola’s side to the London Stadium and took the lead in the first-half through a brilliant Michail Antonio bicycle kick.

The performance in the first half was such that Guardiola made changes at half-time – the Hammers had dominated for stretches – and introduced Phil Foden for Sergio Aguero.

It was the attacking midfielder who equalised but the Irons put in a staunch rear-guard action to take a point, continually denying City the space needed to create opportunities.

Rice was again central to that in the heart of the midfield, playing alongside Tomas Soucek and enjoying an excellent performance, and he believes that this latest result is proof the club is moving in the right direction.

Having played Wolves, Leicester, Spurs and now City in the league in succession, the Hammers have taken an impressive eight points from a possible 12.

Speaking after the game, as reported by BBC Sport, he said: “It’s a great point. We’ve been in fantastic form recently. The first half was excellent today. We nullified their main players and Antonio scored a great goal. It was about digging in and giving everything for the point.

“They’re a possession-based team. They’ve got so many players to pass to. It doesn’t help when they bring De Bruyne on with 25 minutes to go. The lads stayed switched on, it was brilliant.

“I think the last three or four games against them they’ve scored four or five every time, so it shows we’re building something. We’ve found a formation that suits our players. That’s what West Ham fans expect and that’s what we demand as players.”

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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.

One comment on “Skipper Declan excited at these new Hammers

  1. At long last , I think we, are moving on

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