Monday 09 Dec
Updated Monday 09 Dec 23:13
West Ham Tv

Rice: We feel like we missed a big chance


Declan Rice was frustrated that West Ham United let a chance slip through their hands as they were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal on Monday night.

The Hammers seemed to have their visitors just where they wanted them an hour into the contest, leading through Angelo Ogbonna's header and limiting Arsenal's sights of David Martin's goal.

But three goals in a devastating nine-minute spell took the game away from the Hammers and left Rice bitterly disappointed at the final whistle

"We had a good grip of the match for the first hour, and it summed up our first 16 games to be honest," he said. "[We were] 1-0 up and in control of the game, we frustrated them and got the goal.

"We said at half-time that we needed to be focused and come out quick, and we did start quick. But then they started to get in the pockets, and they scored two goals quickly and finished us off.

"It's like we're making the same mistakes. It's tough at the moment, tonight was a big chance to win and climb back up the table, and it's another chance missed."

Declan Rice

Especially frustrating for the Hammers No41 was the feeling that he and his teammates are repeating their mistakes. To counter that, he says it is important to keep their belief.

"The goals are ones where we need to look at ourselves and say we're making the same mistakes and it's not good enough.," he added. "Look, we're showing that we can play good football as well and we can create chances. It's not going our way at the moment.

"Since the start of the season, we've said we've got to win our home games - we've got 60,000 behind us and it's really frustrating for them. We want to excite them and make them happy. Last year we had some great nights against the big teams, and this season we've lost those big games against Spurs, Arsenal, City.

"Now it's time to stick together, I know it's a cliche but we have to because we have games coming up thick and fast. We need to regroup, keep putting 100% in and we can't let our heads drop. We need to keep going."