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Hammers unlucky not to beat City, says star

Hammers star Declan Rice believes his side were unlucky not to end Manchester City’s winning run this season, after his side narrowly lost 2-1 on Sunday evening.

City went behind against Moyes’ side when Angelo Ogbonna scored just before half time, but reacted quickly in the second half thanks to Nicolas Otamendi.

The Hammers had their fair share of opportunities to surprise City on the break, but failed to take their chances and were instead condemned to defeat after a late David Silva winner.

However, despite losing the game, youngster Declan Rice says his side can take a lot of positives away from the Etihad and were unlucky not to take at least a point.

“Without a doubt, there were a lot of positives to take from today’s showing,” Rice told whufc.com.

“I think a lot of people thought we were down and out before the game even started. You read silly things and people seemed to believe we were going to come and get beat.

“But I thought we were excellent today. We need to be putting in that effort every single week. We were just unlucky today. No one even thought we would score. To go 1-0 up at half-time at the Etihad – they are top of the league. It was a good moment for us.

“We went in from the first half buzzing but we knew there was still 45 minutes to go. Second half, it just wasn’t meant to be.

“I think we just need to look at the positives. We’ve got to get into training on Monday, watch the game back, look at the positives and take that. That’s the minimum every week now. That’s the standard that we need to be setting every week. There’s a lot to take from it.”