Declan Rice on the step up from U23 football to the Premier League
“The biggest thing I’ve found out is you need to be really, really fit. To play in the Premier League is a step above from everything else,” Rice told the club website.
“You need to be the fittest you’ve ever been and that includes everything; your diet, training hard to get your fitness, resting and recovering in between matches. That’s the biggest thing I’ve noticed.”
Javier Hernandez believes the Cheltenham win will give West Ham confidence
“It’s the best way to keep working and keep improving when have good results and positive things,” Hernandez said on the Hammers’ website.
“Obviously, the last two weeks weren’t in the way we wanted to be, as we had two big losses, but we won in the cup in midweek and that can build up the team, the spirit and the confidence to go to Newcastle and try to make a better performance.
“Hopefully we can show an improvement and have the victory, as that’s what we want. It will be positive to go into the international break on the back of a win, then come back to play an important game on the Monday night against Huddersfield.”
Former Hammer Kevin Nolan has hails Chicharito
“West Ham have now got a quality player in Chicharito up front, as we saw last week. He scored from two half-chances which he made look really easy. Those were goal-pochers finishes,” Nolan said on the club website.
“They weren’t easy but they were quality finishes from a striker that really understands football. I feel they’ve got to use him to their advantage. Anything that drops in that box to him, nine times out of ten, will end up in the back of the net.
“Players the likes of Javier Hernandez can be your match-winners. With wins comes expression on the pitch and we will see these players expressing themselves a lot more.”
Slaven Bilic is hopeful of coming away from St James’ Park on the winning side
“Newcastle is a massive club like West Ham and, like us, they and their supporters are desperate for some success after a long time without a trophy,” Bilic explained.
“I played at St James’ Park for West Ham and for Everton and I lost both times. I don’t want that record to continue on Saturday and, if we can show the same commitment and quality we showed in the second half at Southampton and in our win at Cheltenham, I am confident it won’t.”