Declan Rice says fuming West Ham fans were RIGHT to boo flops after late collapse against Crystal Palace | The Sun
DECLAN RICE admitted furious West Ham fans were RIGHT to boo their side off following their late collapse against Crystal Palace.
The Hammers were stung by a 94th-minute sucker-punch from Michael Olise as the Eagles snatched all three points from the London Stadium.
Said Benrahma had fired West Ham ahead after 20 minutes.
Wilfried Zaha equalised just before half-time before Olise struck to make it 2-1 deep into injury time.
The full-time whistle came moments later and was greeted by a chorus of boos from the fuming Irons supporters – just like when the Benrahma was substituted.
And skipper Rice sympathised with their frustration and anger.
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The England midfielder, 23, said: "Fans can voice their opinions. They pay their hard-earned money.
"They're probably right to boo us in a way because we weren't good enough.
"From the way I'm feeling and the way I saw the lads, I'm devastated. That was a game we had to win.
"Two big games before the World Cup and you lose one of them so you're counting on the next game.
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"In the last couple of years we'd have won a game like this and been comfortable in the table.
"It's really frustrating. I feel like we're two different teams [from last season].
"We can keep the ball for fun in some away games and then at home we look a different team.
"It's been good in Europe but we're too inconsistent in the Premier League. We'll bounce back for sure."
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West Ham end the weekend in 15th with 14 points from their 14 games so far – losing eight of those.
David Moyes' side sit just two points above the relegation zone and know defeat at home to Leicester could see them drop into the bottom three going into the World Cup break.
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