England international Declan Rice made a last-ditch clearance 12 minutes from time yesterday to preserve West Ham’s 2-1 lead over Tottenham.
Harry Kane’s driven cross from the right-hand side was dangerous but Rice made up the ground and cleared the ball away.
Alan Shearer was in the Match of the Day 2 studio last night and he was full of praise for what Rice did to keep his side in front.
Shearer tends to be quite a reserved pundit, but he did not hold back when it came to lauding the midfielder’s effort.
Speaking over the top of footage of Rice’s 78th minute clearance, Shearer said, “This out of this world, as good as a goal.
“Look at him, he’s aware, he’s trying to fill in there at right-back. He then sniffs out the problem in the middle.
“Look at his determination to get in there, Rice, that is just unbelievable – what a clearance.”
Rice’s desire to get back in and preserve the lead summed up West Ham’s performance as a team yesterday.
He’s their leader on the pitch and epitomises the attributes David Moyes wants to see from his side.
The top four is now a realistic ambition for the Hammers – but of course the job is far from done yet.
On this form, Rice will be a crucial player for England at the summer’s European Championship as well.
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