​Frustrated West Ham skipper Rice demands 'big reaction' after Everton defeat

West Ham United captain Declan Rice believes performances need to speak far louder than words at the club.

The Hammers lost their fifth game in seven Premier League clashes so far this season.

While relegation is not a serious danger as the season progresses, Rice believes they must push up the table and show their quality after the international break.

Speaking to the club’s website, he stated: “There was nothing in it until the goal.

“It could probably have gone either way. In the first half, we gave the ball too much, on an honest reflection, and we didn’t do enough with the ball.

“Second half, it probably took until they scored for us to up the tempo and actually look like we were going to score and that can’t happen. You can’t be like that. You have to be on the front foot constantly and always feel like you’re threatening the goal, and it shouldn’t need a goal to go in to get a kick up the backside.

“That’s how it is, so we need a big reaction after the international break. That’s the way forward now.”