Rice: We need to do better than that


Declan Rice

Declan Rice gave an honest assessment of West Ham United's performance in defeat to Everton on Saturday, admitting that his team needs to do better.

The Hammers were well beaten by the Toffees to end their unbeaten start to 2019 at home, as goals from Kurt Zouma and Bernard inside the first 33 minutes settled the contest.

In truth, Everton could have won by an even more comfortable scoreline, and midfielder Rice was frustrated to miss yet another chance to move up to seventh in the Premier League table.

"It wasn’t good enough for us from the first minute to the last," he admitted. "Everton could have had five of six goals. We were too slow, too lethargic and they were first to every ball.

"We didn’t even create a chance - that sums it up, we lost and didn’t get the three points to get to seventh.

"It’s been an up and down season. We had a bad start, then gained some form and it’s been like that. 

"With the squad we’ve got we should be [aiming for] seventh and every chance we’ve had to move seventh we’ve lost and ruined that opportunity. We need to do better."