west ham midfielder declan rice said he and his teammates went out of the europa league “on a excessive” in opposition to eintracht frankfurt in spite of the defeat and criticised the referee’s overall performance.
the hammers’ european adventure got here to an result in germany as frankfurt subsidized up their 2-1 first-leg victory in london with some other win against david moyes ’s side on thursday night. west ham weren’t helped in the first 1/2 when aaron cresswell become proven a crimson card through jesús gil manzano after hauling down jens petter hauge as the remaining defender.
the hosts didn’t take the benefit from the subsequent unfastened-kick on the threshold of the field however did move in advance a few moments later as rafael santos borré transformed from close range after being located open in the vicinity through ansgar knauff.
west ham pushed searching for a manner again into the tie but failed to get matters going, with frankfurt satisfied to slow the sport down with a chain of fouls during the second one half. manzano had brandished 9 playing cards to gamers by complete-time, as well as sending moyes off for remonstrating at the sidelines, with rice criticising the officials’ overall performance after.
“the sending off become probably a sending off looking returned at it,” said the midfielder. “but some of the opposite choices had been negative tonight, none regarded to move for us. the referee appeared to make each choice pass for them. in the long run, whilst you’ve got someone who’s towards you, you can’t in reality do lots.”
rice turned into additionally unsure, no matter defeat in each legs, if frankfurt had been as correct as a side as they seemed, suggesting that their combatants in the final-16 (sevilla) and region-finals (lyon) were more difficult to navigate past. as an alternative, it become conceding early inside the first leg at the london stadium and being reduced to ten guys early in the 2d leg that killed the hammers’ possibilities.
“a sending off is constantly going to make it a mountain to climb,” delivered rice. “we had a genuine perception that over legs they weren’t going to conquer us. of route, they’re an excellent aspect but no way are they better than what sevilla and lyon were.” he brought: “searching returned over the two legs, likely the first leg it turned into the primary aim that killed us and it’s always a mountain to climb from there.”
david moyes was in agreement, telling bt sport afterwards: “if we’re sincere we probably lost the tie within the first 30 seconds of the sport on the london stadium wherein we conceded early. from that moment, we have been chasing the game, truely.”