West Ham’s Declan Rice has said that everyone today’s point against Chelsea feels like two points dropped after Andriy Yarmolenko missed a huge chance.
Chelsea went into the game at as one of only two Premier League teams to still have a 100% record, but that number is down to one after the Blues were unable to break down a resilient West Ham defence, playing out a 0-0 draw at the London Stadium.
Both teams had a number of chances to win the game, with both ‘keepers being forced to make some good saves, with Yarmolenko’s effort in the second half being the most clear-cut of the game, but the Ukrainian failed to guide his header on target for what would have been a certain goal.
“I think the chances we missed in the first half and Andriy Yarmolenko’s header would have been a crucial turning point, so we feel like it was two points dropped, but we all stuck to our jobs and gave 100%,” Rice told Sky Sports.
Despite being a defender by trade, Rice has been utilised as a midfielder recently, and he described the tough nature of playing against Chelsea:
“You have to put in so much hard work because they play with so many midfielders. It is not just Kante, Kovacic, and Jorginho. Eden Hazard likes to come into the pocket so it was a tough game.
“We took a lot of confidence from last week and we are happy with that point today. To get a point is better than a defeat, we lost against Wolves in our last home game which was tough to take, but or fans were like a 12th man.”