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West Ham midfielder Declan Rice upbeat after Brighton point

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice insists there's positives to draw after their point at Brighton.

His energy proved a valuable addition to the Irons' cause in a lively encounter on the south coast, with both teams having their opportunities to take the lead, but spurning them prior the closing stages.

When goals did eventually arrive, however, they did so in quickfire fashion, Danny Welbeck racing clear to dink Brighton in front with just over five minutes remaining, before West Ham responded moments later with an exquisite finish by second-half substitute Said Benrahma.

“If you want to be competing for the Champions League, you need to win the games that we've lost, but we're still going to be upbeat," Rice told Sky Sports.

“It's a point. We thought we dominated the game, to be honest. They had a good couple of passages of play, but we've missed so many chances. I think us scoring was probably a fair result.

“We're still going to be upbeat. If you compare our last two seasons – last year to this year – the turnaround's been phenomenal. The season's been a pleasure to be a part of, with the manager and the players.

“We're on 59 points now and we can finish on 65 points if we win our last two games. That would mean West Ham's best-ever Premier League season, and hopefully still some form of European football. There are still plenty of positives to look forward to."

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