West Ham United star Declan Rice praised a host of his teammates after the win at Leeds but voiced his frustration with Sebastien Haller.

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West Ham’s £45million record signing splits the fanbase right down the middle.

But he put in a poor performance in the 2-1 win at Leeds on Friday night.

To his credit Haller kept getting in the right positions. And accusations he doesn’t care didn’t wash at Elland Road as the Ivorian clearly kept beating himself up for his profligacy.

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Haller’s Hammers misery continues

As was the case against Manchester United, West Ham should have been out of sight with the chances they created.

Haller missed a hat-trick of opportunities himself.

The Ivorian was also at fault for Leeds’s goal, failing miserably to hold the ball up before Patrick Bamford was put through to win a penalty.

The performance was a joyless one for Haller, typical of his time with West Ham since signing 18 months ago.

After the game Hammers hero Rice was interviewed by the club’s website.

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Rice full or praise for teammates but voices his frustration with £45m striker

And he praised half the team, lauding the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Angelo Ogbonna, Tomas Soucek, but voiced his frustration with Haller’s lack of awareness to make the game more comfortable.

“To go 1-0 down 90 seconds in, it’s not the start we wanted, the manager weren’t happy,” Rice told whufc.com.

“But I think the reaction after that was really positive, we had some great chances…

“Seb could have set me twice for two tap-ins, literally in the six yard box. I would have scored,” an exasperated Rice told whufc.com.

“But look, tonight was special and special mention to Said as well, what a player.”

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Patience wearing thin over Haller

Rice was clearly frustrated with Haller during the game too.

He was visibly agitated by Haller’s inability to win or keep the ball for much of the game.

West Ham boss Moyes was spiky when asked about Haller by Sky Sports afterwards.

Towards the end of last season, former Hammers striker Bobby Zamora revealed on Sky Sports that two West Ham players had told him they feel Haller is not physical enough and is ‘too soft and must toughen up’ – read full story here.

Agitated Moyes shows Haller disdain with abrupt response during spiky interview

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