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West Ham midfielder Rice hails creative pair Benrahma and Lanzini

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice hailed the influence of their creative players for victory over Crystal Palace.

Saïd Benrahma produced a super cross for Michail Antonio's goal.

Rice said, “It's an amazing ball. He does that all the time in training and it's just about getting that consistency. When he comes in off the right, whipping them balls in for the striker, he's always a threat, and I'm buzzing for him to get the assist.

“I think he's a player who needs confidence to perform. He's one you need to put your arm around and make him feel like he's the best player. In training he's always on fire and in games you always see glimpses of magic from him.

“He probably didn't have the ball as much as he'd have wanted tonight, but when he did he made it count and played some pivotal passes, which was massive for us."

Manuel Lanzini struck twice and Rice added: “It was a great goal. He touched it on his right and brought it back on his left and it was a great finish. Manu is a special, special player and probably nobody else in the team would have been able to manoeuvre the ball that quick. For him to get another two goals, I'm delighted for him."


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