West Ham United star Declan Rice has opened up about his team talk ahead of last week's game against Arsenal, which saw him take the captain's armband in Mark Noble's absence.
The Hammers put in a much improved performance against the Gunners after their disappointing 2-0 loss to Newcastle on the opening weekend but failed to get anything from the game after Eddie Nketiah netted a late winner.
However, Rice, who has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, believes West Ham have to build on that performance when they take on Wolves.
Speaking to the club's official website, Rice said: "The result was tough to take at Arsenal.
"I did an interview after the game against Newcastle, in which I said we probably couldn’t have played any worse.
"Then, being captain for the Arsenal game, I said to the lads: 'We need a reaction tonight, regardless of how the result is going to go, we need to up our game'. We did that and should have probably nicked it.
"They had two shots on targets and scored two goals, which was hard to take especially given how many chances we created.
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"But it was a massive reaction and a step in the right direction to where we want to head
"We've had two defeats which is not where we want to be, but I think if you look at the performances, it was a step up In the Arsenal game, and we need to step up for Wolves now.
"They’re a great side, but we’ve had a week to prepare and we’ll be ready for it.
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West Ham have a tough run of games on paper, with Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool their next four league opponents after the Wolves game.
"They are big games," Rice added. "Last season, these are the games we performed in. We performed at Arsenal and should have got something last week.
"Last year, Liverpool away, City away, we only lost narrowly, On paper it’s really tough, but we know we can get a result if we play to our own game. We’re ready for Wolves and we know it’s time to get points on the table."
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