Published: 18:30 | 30/11/19

Hammers inspired by Noble team talk, says Rice


West Ham midfielder Declan Rice says his side's 1-0 Premier League win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday was inspired by a expletive-laden Mark Noble team talk.

Manuel Pellegrini's side secured their first league win at Stamford Bridge since 2002, with Aaron Cresswell netting the only goal of the game three minutes after the break.

It relieved the pressure on under-fire manager Pellegrini, after a run of eight matches without a win.

"You know what? Nobes got us together before the game and, with a couple of swear words in there, told us we had to be up for the game," said Rice.

'It's a London derby, we hadn't won in eight and if we'd lost we would have been bang in trouble and we knew.

"We worked on our gameplan and frustrated Chelsea and even though it was one-nil, I thought it could have been much more; we thoroughly deserved to win.

"It's typical West Ham in a way – don’t win in eight and then produce a performance like that!

"It shows we have still got the grit, the desire and the determination to go out there and put in a performance like that."

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he expects his young side to bounce back quickly from the setback.

"I don’t think this will be the worst thing for us because I keep hearing positive great stories about us over the last six weeks or eight weeks," he said.

"I always try to close my ears and don't like them because of what this league is and the fight there is over the course of the season.

"There will be moments like this. We were never going to come through the season as invincibles.

"It wasn't going to be the way so when these moments come they are little tests for us and we have to pass them.

"So looking back on the game could they have done something more? Yes, collectively we can do more going forward and manage the game better."

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