West Ham defender Declan Rice finds ally in Stuart Pearce following costly error against Arsenal
sbobet asian Stuart Pearce says Declan Rice will "have to grow up very quickly" and backed the teenager to learn from his mistake that gifted Arsenal the lead at the weekend. The 19-year-old ducked out of the way of Aaron Ramsey's cross and the ball flew past Joe Hart into the far corner to give the Gunners a 2-1 lead in the 81st minute at the Emirates before the Hammers would go on to concede two more goals as they lost their heads.
It led to a stinging criticism from manager David Moyes as he explained in no uncertain terms that Rice's error cost the Hammers the game in a match where they were well worth at least a point. Rice apologised on Twitter after the game, something that didn't go down well with Irish pundit Eamonn Dunphy, and Pearce has now given his version of events at the Emirates. sbobet asian
Moyes' lieutenant said: "It’s one of those where you have to be supportive to young players, but it’s also one of those where you have to grow up very quickly because, if you’re given a shirt in the Premier League, you’re expected to do a man’s job, even if it says you’re a very young man above the door. "I hark back to my career and in my second or third game at the start of my professional career [with Coventry City against Luton Town in 1983], I scored an own-goal and all of a sudden I thought ‘Wowee’, but it was about how I learned from it and making sure that same mistake doesn't happen again. "When that ball flashes across our box again, Dec will be looking to put his head and feet on everything and that’s the beauty of it. In general, his matchplay was very good and has been over the last month and a half, so he has to keep building on that and learning from mistakes." sbobet asian