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Wilshere urges West Ham to ‘draw a line under’ 5-0 Man City loss

Jack Wilshere has urged West Ham to ‘draw a line under’ the club’s 5-0 opening day thrashing by Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling hit a hat-trick as the Premier League champions began their defence of the title by hammering Manuel Pellegrini’s side at the London Stadium, Gabriel Jesus and a Sergio Aguero penalty completing the rout.

West Ham midfielder Wilshere has now called on his side to bounce back from a disappointing opening day, with the Hammers hopeful of bouncing back when they travel to face Brighton this weekend.

‘People can react how they want, but we need to be strong and we’ve got strong spirit and mentality in that dressing room,’ Wilshere told West Ham’s official website.

“We knew it was going to be difficult. Of course, we didn’t want to lose 5-0, but we need to regroup, have a look at it on Monday and then get ready for Brighton, as that’s now when our season starts.

“We need to take the positives and then draw a line under it, because we did compete, for me, with the best team in the league for the first 30 minutes.

“We were a bit unlucky to concede that first goal and then it’s difficult when you’re chasing the game against a team like that, because you open up spaces and they go into them and they were ruthless.

“They were relentless and they were clinical and you saw that.”

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