Nottingham Forest fans will love what Declan Rice was caught on camera telling Joe Worrall before West Ham United’s defeat.
The Hammers have opened the season in the worst possible way with back-to-back defeats against the defending champions and now newly-promoted Forest.
After having a goal ruled out by VAR, West Ham showed a real lack of game management as they conceded an awful goal right on the stroke of half-time.
West Ham were much improved in the second half. But it proved to be one of those days with Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson in top form, two efforts hitting the bar and bouncing on the goal line, a penalty saved and a host of gilt-edged chances missed.
After the game David Moyes offered a considered reaction to the defeat, saying he felt his Hammer side had actually played quite well bar the first 20 minutes.
Moyes also reserved a mention for the fizzing City Ground atmosphere which greeted West Ham as Forest played their first Premier League home game in 23 years.
“We were expecting it to be tough and we knew they were going to come out, and it was a terrific atmosphere in here,” Moyes told West Ham’s website.
“It’s a great old stadium, so it’s what we expected.
“When you play in that atmosphere, it’s great for them and it’s great for their players here. It shows you how much they’ve been waiting to get top flight football here.”
Nottingham Forest fans will love what Declan Rice was caught on camera telling Joe Worrall before West Ham defeat
It seems it wasn’t just Moyes who was impressed as West Ham’s captain Declan Rice was taken aback too.
Nottingham Forest fans will love what Rice was caught on camera telling Joe Worrall before the West Ham defeat.
As the West Ham and Forest players lined up in the City Ground tunnel before kick-off, the atmosphere in the ground reached fever pitch.
And Rice was captured on the Sky Sports cameras telling Forest skipper Worrall “Wow, that’s loud”.
Worrall smiled and nodded in agreement.
It is some compliment from the England star given he has played in some of the world’s best stadiums and most hostile atmospheres with club and country.
They include Wembley, Hungary’s notorious Puskas arena, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Deutsche Bank Park, away at Lyon and Sevilla and in the likes of Croatia against Dinamo Zagreb to name but a few.