West Ham captain Declan Rice apologises for missed penalty
West Ham captain and England international Declan Rice has apologised for missing a crucial penalty in the Hammers’ loss to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
The Hammers lost to the Premier League newboys 1-0 with the skipper’s spot kick being kept out by goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
Rice has taken to Twitter to apologise for the miss and will his team on for their upcoming fixtures.
Rice said: “Can only apologise for the penalty miss, thought we created enough to get something from the game.
“We go again and stay together.”
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For the captain to come out and make a statement like this is exactly why Rice has been made captain so early into his career.
It exemplifies his leadership and willingness to own up for his own mistakes, a quality that he will be hoping will rub off on other members of the squad.
He was not the only one to be below par today for the Hammers, with the defence not being as solid as they normally are either.
Nottingham Forest Taiwo Awoniyi was lively throughout the game, getting several chances before he scored his eventual winner on the brink of half time.
Rice on the other hand failed to impose himself on the game and his penalty miss sums up what was a mediocre performance by his high standards.
West Ham will now have to dust themselves off and prepare for their next Premeir League fixture as they still look for their first win of the season.
In other West Ham news, the club have received a boost in their pursuit of Odilon Kossounou.