Aaron Cresswell claims he's been 'battering' Declan Rice in West Ham United training

Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on August 16, 2018 in Romford, England.

West Ham United youngster Declan Rice scored his first goal for the club on Saturday.

Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United is shown a yellow card by Referee Chris Kavanagh during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at London Stadium on...

Aaron Cresswell has told West Ham United’s official website that he has been ‘battering’ Declan Rice for weeks over his failure to score.

Rice finally opened his account for the Hammers at the weekend, as Manuel Pellegrini’s side got past Arsenal.

The defensive midfielder curled a shot into the top corner to enhance his reputation at the London Stadium even further.


And Cresswell was delighted for his West Ham teammate, as the stick can now stop.

“I was buzzing for him because I’ve been battering him for the last few weeks, saying ‘Any chance of a goal?!’ as he’s played 55 games now!” Cresswell joked.

“It couldn’t have happened at a better time. We won one-nil, Dec’s scored the winner and he got a bit excited in the celebration as I don’t think he knew what to do!

Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United applauds the fans following the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and West Ham United at John Smith's Stadium on November 10, 2018 in...

“Samir played the ball back and he didn’t have to blast it. It was a really controlled finish for a young lad and I’m buzzing for him.”

West Ham were much the better side against Arsenal, as they picked up an important three points.

Pellegrini’s men were very impressive, as their strong run of form continued.

West Ham are now in ninth place in the Premier League table, and they have quickly accelerated up the standings.

The Hammers are next in action against Bournemouth at Dean Court on Saturday.

Declan Rice of West Ham United celebrates scoring the winning goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019 in London,...

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