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Declan Rice and David Moyes criticised after bleak interviews with West Ham stance made clear

Declan Rice and David Moyes have been criticised after their incredibly bleak interviews with a stance from West Ham made clear.

The Seagulls boosted their hopes of claiming European qualification with a 4-0 Premier League victory over the struggling Hammers that increases the pressure on boss David Moyes.

After Jarrod Bowen brought down Kaoru Mioma, Alexis Mac Allister began the thrashing from his spot kick. Joel Veltman then doubled the lead at the break.

The Hammers couldn’t cope with the passing pressure from the hosts who added another after Mitoma moved in at the back.

Brighton had a lot of chances, with Facundo Buonanotte as a substitute struck the woodwork.

Danny Welbeck then got on the scoresheet with a superb finish from the edge of the box to make it fantastic four.

Player ratings

Brighton:Steele (7), Lamptey (7), Webster (7), Dunk (7), Estupinan (7), Gross (8), Caicedo (8), March (8), Mac Allister (8), Mitoma (8), Ferguson (8)

Subs:Veltman (8), Welbeck (8), Buonanotte (7)

West Ham:Areola (7), Johnson (5), Ogbonna (6), Aguerd (6), Emerson (6), Soucek (4), Rice (5), Paqueta (5), Benrahma (6), Ings (5), Bowen (4)

Subs:Lanzini (5), Scamacca (5), Downes (5), Fornals (6)

Player of the match: Alexis Mac Allister

West Ham boss David Moyes told BBC Sport: “What went wrong? I’d have to give some praise to Brighton, but we lost a terrible first goal. We should easily have dealt with it. And the second was from a corner kick, so we found we were climbing a mountain.

“There was anger from everybody. Anger from the supporters, anger from the manager, the players are angry, they’re disappointed with themselves. That’s the way it’s got to be – we’re not accepting what’s happened today. We’re going to try to do something about it, to make sure the next performance is better. It’s sore just now. We’ll look at it and move on again.”

On the fans: “We need them behind us. Good supporters support when it’s bad as well as good. And for the past few years it’s been really good here.

“If we’d won today it would’ve made us feel a lot easier. We’re probably all looking at around 40 points to stay away from the bottom of the league, but the only thing you can do is take each game as it comes.”

Declan Rice speaking to Sky Sports: “We were beaten by a better team. Brighton played us off the pitch and made life difficult. But that wasn’t a performance that was acceptable. Days like today, you have to apologise to the fans as we’ve let the fans and the club down. I’m hurting. The lads are hurting. We thought we’d turned a corner as we’ve been playing better, winning 4-0 and then playing well in the cup. But this is a setback.

“They have a unique way of playing and we didn’t work it out. To be out there was demoralising. To try and defend, seeing them keep the ball. I got a yellow card, could have got another one. I never want to feel like that on a football pitch.”

Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi told BBC Sport: “I’m really happy for the result, but also the quality of play. In the second half it was a great game. My players played in a fantastic way and we have to continue like this, to follow the perfection. We are very happy.

“I believe the best way to arrive at a good result is to play in a good way. For me that’s the best solution.

“We are angry to win every game and to make happy our fans and our club. Nothing changes whether it’s the FA Cup or Premier League, we want to play at 100%.”

On his touchline ban, he said: “I prefer to stay on the bench, but I have to say thanks and give congratulations to my staff because they worked like me. It’s not only the head coach, but all the staff is important.”

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The latest, as of Sunday morning (5 march) is that West Ham owner David Sullivan remains reluctant to sack David Moyes, according to talkSPORT.

West Ham haven’t won any of their last 11 Premier League away matches and are still in danger of going down to the Championship. 

They are only two points ahead of all three teams in drop zone, and as worrying as that is, and with calls from fans to get rid of Moyes, it seems the manager isn’t looking to be axed just yet.

As mentioned, Declan Rice and David Moyes were criticised after bleak interviews with the West Ham stance made clear…

@whu_hearney: Same waffle every week. It’s boring now!

@SUFC__fan: When have West Ham not let down the fabs this season?

@Andyinexile: Same interview every single week

@c_brown888: One of the biggest myths in football is that Rice is a good player. West Ham is his level.

@CockneyBri: Trouble with going again is when you run out of games and youre in the bottom three, you can’t go again. We’re aimlessly walking into the Championship without putting up a fight. Poor from the players, but the manager has to take the bullet for this and soon!

@coster_ray: Our worst captain of all time, absolutely pathetic excuse for what should be a leader overseeing a bunch of cringeworthy embarrassments. From the owner to the board to the manager to the players it’s the biggest circus in football. The fans deserve better than this

@JonJoeWard4: New week, same excuse

@jmeportla: I’m struggling, what corner have we turned ? 6 league wins in 26 league games. Boring negative manager who costs us because he’d rather sit on that point. We didn’t get brave enough in removing him before the WC. It may be a decision that ultimately relegates us

@fatmatt8978: You can see it, you can sense it, they do not wanna play moyes “new brand” of football, they not playing like they where 2 years ago obviously and moyes has failed to move forward tactically and awful in game management has cost this team. The players are good enough. #moyesout

@NuFcPRO: Most overrated player in world football

@theboleynboy89: Same shit every time @_DeclanRice. Come off the script! “Not good enough”, “let the fans down”, the worst one “you can see I’m hurting”. If you care as much as you say you do, we’d have seen it in your personal performances by now.

@J0SH_S: I very much dislike his post game interview, it’s very negative and defeated

@AzamWHUFC: Change the record Declan. It’s getting boring listening to this most of the time. Actions speak louder than words, you players aren’t escaping the firing line yous simply don’t show enough fight too.

@BicesterIrons: A lot of pressure on young shoulders, concerning that there’s a lack of ideas and understanding of why we were so below par how Brighton play the way do…

@JakRichardson21; This is getting boring man same interview every week, these players need to sort it out, less talking more doing.

@whusosa: Moyes needs to go, thanks for all he’s done but it’s just not acceptable to have the calibre of players he has now and some of those players start for Italy, England and Brazil and be fighting in a relegation battle

@HEvzWhu: We have 6 points from 13 away games.. 3 of which were from a deflected goal at Villa. Surely Moyes has take some responsibility eventually, people spend time & money following this club yet it seems he did zero research into the way Brighton play, just winged it

@AceScorpion_: We’ve been trying to do something about it for 25 games……….. next performance needs to bring wins not just be better, start winning, or donate your wages to the NHS.

@coonmam0: I’ve heard this time and time again. We all respect what he’s done for us but his time is up and I think he knows that. A win every now and then ain’t good enough anymore it’s serious now

@W1zardOz: We only beat Forest because he abandoned the usual negative sitting deep with no possession system after 65 minutes. Very soon we will need more than 1 point per game to stay up. How long does this need to continue before it changes. Two points off bottom place. Unbelievable.

@WestHamJoshV: Everytime West Ham lose all that happens is a player gets quoted as saying the same as the player before and the manager says the same thing every time. Getting boring now as neither of them happen despite posting it every week.

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