West Ham supporters praise Rice's midfield masterclass in battling Southampton win
West Ham got their festive programme off to the best possible start with a battling 2-1 victory over Southampton last night.
When Nathan Redmond’s second half strike put the hosts ahead, it looked as if their revival under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was set to continue with a third straight win, but Felipe Anderson had other ideas.
The Brazilian netted twice in six minutes to turn the game on its head and earn the Hammers a fifth win in six Premier League matches.
And while Anderson may grab the headlines for his goalscoring contributions on a night where there was precious little quality on show, Declan Rice deserves his share of the plaudits for an outstanding midfield display.
The youngster is an outstanding technician, and in games where West Ham sit deep and narrow the space he has to cover in front of the defence, he looks very good indeed.
That was certainly the case last night and the West Ham fans took to Twitter to praise Rice for his leadership, desire and quality in the aftermath of the win.
Declan, I actually love you more than some of my own family. Sign da ting x
— James (@JameswhufcJones) December 27, 2018
U r are class sunshine!! Don’t leave us,you will get your contract.. @davidgold this needs to be done NOW!! ⚒⚒⚒
— Perth Hammers supporters club (official) (@PerthHammers) December 27, 2018
Incredible and solid as always today dude 👏👏👏⚒
— ⚒TheBigCalleri⚒ (@WHULUVA) December 28, 2018
You lad, are a superstar ⚒👍🏻
— Tommy ⚒ (@Tommy_Gunn86) December 27, 2018
Sign that contract mate
— Jack (@jack_foster25) December 27, 2018
Look at that passion! Only thing wrong with this is the armband is on the wrong lad ⚒
— Luke (@stoplukelissen) December 28, 2018
An absolute star Dec, mature beyond your years, and will become a West Ham legend👍🏻⚒
— Rich WHUFC ⚒🙅🏻♂️ (@ironsrichie) December 28, 2018