'We love him': Declan Rice 'delighted' by what one West Ham player did last night
Captain Rice spoke to BT Sport after the 3-2 win which leaves the Hammers top of the group with two victories from their first two games.
Dawson was linked with a move away from the London Stadium late on in the transfer window, with Wolves reportedly keen.
But he stayed after West Ham failed to sign a replacement and Rice is clearly thrilled with that state of affairs.
Rice hails Dawson after goal vs Silkeborg
He said: “We could have been in control. It’s game management. We have got to keep the ball and keep it moving. We looked fluid after the first goal. We moved the ball well, played between the lines and moved them round. It’s disappointing to concede the two goals.
“The manager won’t be happy. We know they’re not good goals to concede. The main thing is we came here on the artificial grass – which we knew would be tough – and won.
“It was tough. Difficult. Really slippy. We’re not used to it. The ball moves really quick on it. We have to adapt and play on any surface. The main thing is we won and got the job done.
“I’m happy for Craig Dawson. He has had a tough couple of months. I’m delighted he’s with us. The fans love him. We love him.
“We did well last year in the Europa League and went quick out of the group. We want to do that here. We want to close the group as quickly as possible. You can see we’re starting to click as a team.”
It has been reported that Dawson could leave in January, by which point West Ham would hope to be safely through the group stage in the Conference League.
That would appear to depend on whether David Moyes can get a replacement through the door in the winter, as the Scot does not want to leave himself short.
Dawson’s deal expires this summer, so January would represent their final chance to get a fee for him, but for the time being, he is back performing well and helping the team.
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