Sunday was a day to forget for Declan Rice as his West Ham side slumped to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
It was worse for Rice because of his mistake which led to Arsenal taking the lead in the 81st minute of the game.
At that stage, the two sides were locked at 1-1 but Aaron Ramsey floated in a cross which Rice mistakingly decided to let go, probably thinking that his goalkeeper Joe Hart had it covered. However, the ball evaded Hart and went into the far corner.
It was a mistake from Rice no doubt but for a manager to throw a young player under the bus and blame the loss on him seems to be quite harsh to us and that’s what David Moyes did after the game.
“Up until 82 minutes we were looking well worthy of a point,” said Moyes.
“The young player makes a really poor mistake on the second goal. I hope he learns from it because he’s got big potential, but I think it really flattened the team.”
Rice responded on Twitter by admitting he will make mistakes because he is a young player but is determined to bounce back next week as The Hammers host Premier League champions Man City.
I'm young.. I'll make mistakes.. it's all a leaning process to get to the top. thank you too the fans again who were brilliant❤⚒ ready to bounce back next week.
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) April 22, 2018