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Declan Rice has expressed his frustration with the West Ham performance against Leeds United, calling it a 'missed opportunity'.
The 3-2 defeat at the hands of Leeds reminded the captain of West Ham's home loss to Southampton on Boxing Day, with Rice blaming silly mistakes for the dropped points.
The Hammers had the chance to extend their lead over Arsenal and Tottenham, who saw their North London Derby, and close the gap on Chelsea in third who lost 1-0 to Manchester City on Saturday, but it was an opportunity wasted according to Rice.
"It’s very frustrating," Rice told. "It was an opportunity to really push up in the table and get three points off Chelsea in second, so it’s an opportunity missed today, and a big one as well."
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Rice added: "The same thing happened in the Southampton game as well – we get back in the game and then are pushing for it and they end up scoring another goal. Silly mistakes just cost us and that’s unlike us as usually we’re compact and we’re solid and we don’t normally concede from corners, but we also had some great chances ourselves to draw the game or get ourselves in front, so it’s a game of mixed emotions, really."
West Ham were second best throughout but had the chance to nick a point with the penultimate touch of the game only for Jarrod Bowen to chest an effort over the bar from close range. Rice took toand the captain added his voice to that of the wondering whether the attacker would have been better heading the ball.
"Jarrod’s one at the end, I thought he was going to go with his head, but we can’t say anything to Jarrod because he’s been absolutely brilliant for us with the goals he's putting in and his assists," Rice said.
Despite the defeat, Rice is remaining optimistic ahead of next weekend's trip to Manchester United.
"We need to be positive," Rice added. "There is nothing to be down about. We’re still fourth and I think our fans would much rather be fourth than down the bottom of the table looking up, so we need to keep pushing and see how far we can go. We’ve got a big game next week at Old Trafford, so we’ll see how we go up there."
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