Declan Rice upbeat despite West Ham defeat to Spurs
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 21/10/18 12:01pm
Declan Rice is confident West Ham are moving in the right direction despite suffering back-to-back defeats.
The Hammers' recent revival has hit the buffers after successive 1-0 losses to Brighton before the international break and Tottenham at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Erik Lamela's first-half header was enough to secure victory for Spurs but the visitors had goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to thank after he made two superb saves to deny Marko Arnautovic.
Lamela extends Spurs' winning run
Erik Lamela scored the only goal as Tottenham beat West Ham 1-0 to extend their winning run in the Premier League to four games.
"I thought it was a very, very tight game," said Rice.
"We conceded a very sloppy goal from a cross again, but we had so many chances where we could have scored and we were unlucky not to pick up the three points.
"Hugo Lloris made some fantastic saves. Arnie kept trying and trying and that one in the 90th minute Hugo came out - he's a top keeper.
"I think we are improving 100 per cent. You can see on the pitch that we're playing with intensity, creating chances and we just need to be a bit more solid at the back, but that's going to come.
"We're only nine games in and we'll go again next week at Leicester. I'm confident we can get the three points there."