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Declan Rice jokes David Moyes has put him again on penalty obligation after Jesse Lingard’s miss as West Ham beat Leeds – ‘The gaffer has simply mentioned it’s positively me once more!’


David Moyes has put Declan Rice again on penalty obligation after Jesse Lingard’s miss in West Ham’s 2-Zero win over Leeds.

The Manchester United loanee opened the scoring for the Hammers from the spot when he tucked house the rebound from his saved penalty within the 21st minute.

Lingard’s penalty was saved by Illan Meslier
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Lingard was in a position to rating on the rebound
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Craig Dawson doubled West Ham’s lead seven minutes later as Moyes’ aspect made it eight wins from 11 Premier League matches.

Rice is West Ham’s designated penalty taker and when requested by Sky Sports activities presenter Dave Jones why he didn’t take it towards Leeds, the England midfielder replied: “I knew you had been going to chuck that one in!

“The gaffer has simply battered me within the dressing room! Me and Jesse spoke, we’ve been practising them in coaching collectively.

“He mentioned to me, ‘can I take it?’ I’m not one to be egocentric. There was a little bit of controversy with the final penalty. I used to be assured with him to go up and take the ball.

“If he would have missed that, there would have been a backlash on me. However I used to be assured in Jesse’s capability to place the ball away.

“I’m not a participant that’s going to be like ‘give me the ball’. I simply wished Jesse to have the ball, do his personal factor, not get in his mind and dispatch the ball away.”

Rice is normally West Ham’s first-choice penalty taker
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Final month, Lingard gained a penalty in a 3-Zero win towards Sheffield United, which Rice ended up taking and changing, regardless of the previous’s pleas to step up.

This time, Rice let Lingard take the duty from the spot given the 28-year-old had been tripped by Leeds defender Luke Ayling contained in the field.

Nevertheless, Rice burst out laughing when revealing Moyes has informed him he might be taking the following penalty.

He added: “The gaffer has simply mentioned in there it’s positively me once more!

“For the following one I’m going to need to say, ‘Jesse, give me the ball’. So I’ll be comfortable to take the following one.”



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