Chris Sutton noticed something very clever that Declan Rice did for West Ham just before Michail Antonio scored our winner against Tottenham yesterday afternoon.

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The Hammers beat our fierce rivals Spurs yesterday at the London Stadium in what was an absolutely huge win.

We thoroughly deserved the three points and David Moyes would have been delighted with the way in which his players went about their business.

Declan Rice performed brilliantly for West Ham yet again yesterday and played a key role in our 1-0 win.

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West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice celebrates (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

The 22-year-old was absolutely everywhere – in defence, midfield and attack. Tottenham could not deal with his marauding runs and he cut out so much of their intricate play in the final third.

Chris Sutton noticed something very clever Declan Rice did

The Hammers skipper was hugely impressive yesterday just as he has been all season.

He is well-known for his tackling, intercepting and powerful runs from box-to-box.

Chris Sutton noticed another string to his bow yesterday, however, when writing his column for the Daily Mail:

Chris Sutton (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“Managers work tirelessly on set-plays on the training ground. They try to come up with creative routines by telling their players to make certain movements. Watch Sunday’s winning goal and you will see Declan Rice make a distracting run towards the near post as the ball flies behind him to Michail Antonio.”

That is a great observation from Sutton.

The run from Rice really was an incredibly clever one…and it had clearly been practiced and rehearsed in training.

 

Had he not made that run, the ball from Aaron Cresswell would not have found Michail Antonio and West Ham wouldn’t have won the game.

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Well done Dec and more importantly, well done David Moyes for implementing those kind of tactics from set-pieces.

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