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Rice admits it’s ‘gutting’ to concede late equaliser against Leicester

Declan Rice took little comfort from his Man of the Match award following his side’s draw with Leicester City on Saturday.

West Ham United had led through Fabian Balbuena’s goal on the half-hour and despite Mark Noble’s first-half sending off, looked like they might just have done enough to hold on for the win.

However a deflected Wilfred Ndidi shot in the 89th minute provided an equaliser for the Foxes.

Rice spoke to reporters about how disappointed the West Ham side was to let it slip so late:

“It was gutting to concede so late. We will take the point because it is so hard to come to Leicester,” Rice told BT Sport.

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“We said at half-time we needed to go out there and fight for everything. I haven’t seen the sending off yet but anywhere high is a sending off.

“If we would have come away with three points we would have been delighted but we can build up on this.”

West Ham are currently 13th in the league with eight points from their opening ten league games.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team have impressed at times this season, but need to start displaying some consistency if they hope to improve on their current Premier League position.

Although Saturday’s result might feel like a defeat due to the late, late equaliser, West Ham have actually come away from Leicester with an impressive 1-1 draw, considering they were down to ten men for most of the game.

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