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Rice urges West Ham to take positives from Brighton defeat

West Ham’s recent excellent run of form came to an end last Friday night when they lost 1-0 to Brighton at the Amex.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side travelled to the South Coast as one of the form sides in the Premier League having recently beaten Everton and Manchester United, as well as drawing against London rivals Chelsea.

However, a first-half finish by veteran striker Glenn Murray was enough to seal the win for Chris Hughton’s side, although 19-year-old defensive midfielder Declan Rice has insisted that his side should focus on the positives that came out of Friday’s game – especially with West Ham’s next fixture being a London Derby against Spurs.

“There were positives,” Rice told West Ham TV. “We had 70 per cent possession [in the second half] and you want to turn that into one or two goals and come away with a point at least, but we missed some gutting chances if we look back on it.

“We’ve got to be positive, go again and obviously it’s Spurs next. Spurs is always a massive game, we had some great results against them last season and we’ve got two weeks now where we need to fight and be ready to get back to winning ways and three points.”

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