Declan Rice shared what the West Ham United players said to each other on the pitch after 10 minutes of last night’s game against Leeds, when speaking to Sky Sports.

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In fairness, the Whites absolutely battered the Hammers during the first 10 or 15 minutes of the contest.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men were too quick and strong for us. They were first to every loose ball and it looked like West Ham could be in for a long night at the London Stadium.

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Marcelo Bielsa with David Moyes (Photo by Oli Scarff – Pool/Getty Images)

David Moyes’s side are made of sterner stuff nowadays, however.

West Ham dug in and although it wasn’t our best performance, we ended up taking three points from the game.

Declan Rice lifts lid on what West Ham players were saying after 10 minutes against Leeds

Things could have been so different had Leeds capitalised on their dominance inside the opening stages of the match.

 

Declan Rice spoke to Sky Sports after the game and opened up on what he and his teammates were saying during the first 10 minutes of last night’s clash with Leeds:

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Declan Rice (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

“Speaking honestly, I’m disappointed with the performance. Tonight Leeds caused us problems. The first ten they came out really really sharp, they had two disallowed goals and as players on the pitch you need to wake yourself up and get yourself into the game. After the first ten minutes on the pitch as players we said to each other ‘look, we need to wake up here, they could be one or two nil up’.”

Rice drove us on after we started slowly.

The 22-year-old has taken over as captain during Mark Noble’s absence. And he has not let us down.

The England international is already a real leader in spite of his tender years. His energy, drive and commitment is symbolic of the new West Ham under David Moyes.

We are very lucky to have him. And his performance last night against Leeds added further credence to that notion.

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