Declan Rice: We’ll be working hard to do the basics right
Declan Rice offered no excuses as West Ham United slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Burnley on Saturday.
The Hammers were well beaten at Turf Moor as first half goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, added to Roberto’s own goal after the break, completed a miserable afternoon for the visitors.
Rice acknowledged that his team’s performance levels have been below expectations for some time and said they need to regain their belief and form swiftly.
“When we had that high at the start of the season there was a real buzz around the place, but we haven’t kicked on over the last five games and we’ve been poor. There’s no two ways about it.
“It’s hard to put it down to one thing. During the week we train really hard and week after week we keep our heads up and are positive, then it gets to the game, we go 1-0 down and our heads drop.
“We need to learn, we need to get back to the basics of football. We’re not doing the basics properly, the simple five-yard passes, the tackling.
“We’ve got the international break now, the manager will get everyone together and we’ll work really hard.
“Eleven players win you games, you don’t win games with one or two players. Everyone has to be at it from the start of the game. If you’re not, looking at today, we were bullied all over the pitch being honest.”