Joe Cole praised Declan Rice for showing a bit of fight deep into injury time during West Ham United’s defeat to Sevilla last night.
The Hammers lost 1-0 against Sevilla but in truth, we should have left The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium with at least a draw.
West Ham conceded a really sloppy goal from a set piece. Munir was left in acres of space before he slotted home in the 60 minute mark.
It was a killer blow but the main thing is that we are still very much in the tie ahead of the return leg at the London Stadium next Thursday. Most West Ham fans and David Moyes would have taken that prior to kick-off.
Sevilla were missing plenty of players last night and they will be without another key man for the second-leg clash against the Hammers next week.
Lucas Ocampos was booked in injury time after an altercation with Declan Rice.
Joe Cole praises Declan Rice after West Ham defeat to Sevilla
The Hammers ace returned to the side having missed our last game away at Liverpool on Saturday.
Rice was very solid but he didn’t put in one of his best performances in a West Ham shirt.
The 23-year-old showed some real fight late on in the game, however, when he was accosted by Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos.
And Joe Cole praised Dec for standing up to the Argentinian, when speaking on BT Sport last night (Thursday March 10th, 7:40pm):
“There was a little bit of needle at the end with Dec. That was great. I think West Ham need more of that in the second leg.”
Hopefully the players bring the intensity needed to sweep Sevilla aside at the London Stadium next week.
It won’t be easy, of course it won’t. Sevilla are a very strong side after all. They will be wary of the threats that we pose as well though.
The West Ham players just need to be more clinical in front of goal. During the last three games that we have lost against Southampton, Liverpool and Sevilla respectively, we should have scored at least nine goals. Instead, we only have one to show for our efforts.
West Ham must be clinical in the second-leg if were are to progress through to the Europa League quarter-finals.
The players need to be a bit nastier as well and learn some of the dark arts of the game. If we do that and show more incisiveness in the final third, we should be just fine against Sevilla next week.