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David Moyes blames Declan Rice for West Ham’s recent defeat

West Ham United manager David Moyes attributes his team’s recent struggles to Arsenal star Declan Rice

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West Ham United manager David Moyes has pointed to the absence of midfielder Declan Rice as a significant factor behind his team’s heavy away defeats this season, following their recent 5-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.

The match at Stamford Bridge saw West Ham deliver a dismal first-half performance, with Cole Palmer, Conor Gallagher, and Noni Madueke putting Chelsea three goals ahead by halftime, before Nicolas Jackson added two more goals after the break.

This defeat marked the sixth occasion this season that West Ham have conceded four or more goals on the road, and it was their fifth loss in six away games across all competitions.

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Moyes attributed his team’s defensive struggles to the departure of Rice, who joined Arsenal in a £105 million deal last summer. West Ham has conceded a total of 70 goals in the Premier League so far, marking the highest number of goals conceded in a single campaign under Moyes’ management.

When questioned about the reason behind West Ham’s heavy away defeats, Moyes responded, “Declan Rice. You get the best midfield player in the country, protecting, making sure the moments and times you limit maybe 50 per cent of the attacks and the moments, when you get that then it makes you a much better defensive team.”

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He added: “We’ve lacked protection in front of the back four, we’ve lacked good enough defending, we’ve just not been good enough on those things in many games.

“But, you know, as I’ve said, you’ve got to be careful, you’re talking about a team sitting in a really, really strong position. We’ve had a couple of bad days away from home, we have to try and eradicate that and make it better.

“As I said, I’m trying to put a bit of mental toughness when we need it. The teams I normally prepare would normally have it. You could always lose the way you lose.”

Despite acknowledging Chelsea’s strong form, Moyes emphasised the need for improvement in defensive aspects to compete effectively. He also addressed speculations regarding his job security, stating that he would discuss his future with the board at the end of the season.

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